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Moscow's State Museum 19th Century Gallery (02:18)


This pair of ornate dueling pistols were popular with the Russian nobility. Father of Russian Literature, Alexander Pushkin survived 28 of his 29 duels. What went wrong?

Pushkin's Last Duel (05:48)

On a gun range outside Moscow, two historians plan and reenact Pushkin's last duel, which was apparently fought over his wife's flirtation with another man.

Stone Age Mammoth Hunters (04:45)

Archeologists examine the 20,000 year old site where the skeletons of 2 Stone Age children and artifacts made from wooly mammoth tusks were found.

Forensic Examination of the Stone Age Skeletons (02:01)

At Moscow's Archeological Forensic Laboratory, a scientist notes the teeth of the Stone Age children indicate a time of starvation; and their elaborate burial with ivory beads suggest they were offered as a sacrifice.

Poland's Winged Hussars (01:06)

In Red Square, Russia and Poland meet in an annual band competition, but in the 17th century the battles were deadly. The State Museum Curator displays the armor of the feared Winged Hussars of Poland.

Legend of the Hussars Wings (04:48)

Polish American Rick Fox disproves the myth of the wings' hiss; he believes that with their 20 foot lances and fast horses, the Hussars could smash through Russian infantry before they could reload muskets.

Ivan the Terrible's Hair Shirt (02:05)

Outside Russia's State Museum, tourists pose with doubles from Russia's past. In the Gallery of Ivan the Terrible, historian Olga Solkolva describes artifacts and responds to the questions associated with Ivan's hair shirt.

Ivan's Torture Chamber (05:34)

In 1547, deeply religious Ivan became the first Tsar of Russia. When the Boyars resisted Ivan's claim of absolute power, his secret police tortured them. A remorseful Ivan wrote the Book of the Dead, and wore the hair shirt.

Third Regiment Eagle of Napoleon's Army (03:10)

This wing of the State Museum is dedicated to Napoleon's 1812 invasion of Russia and exhibits the captured French Eagle of the Third Regiment. Canadians reenact the Battle of Borodino and claim the Third Regiment never lost an eagle.

Significance of the French Regimental Eagle (03:22)

Canadian Victor Eiser investigates the Russian State Museum's claim for the Third Regiment Eagle. With high definition photography, Victor and the Curator discover the original number was not 3 but 15, a regiment decimated at Waterloo.

Vladimir Lenin's Rolls Royce (01:36)

The opulent life style of the Tsars is evident in Moscow's State Historical Museum, but after the 1917 Communist Revolution, Vladimir Lenin's Silver Ghost Rolls Royce seems out of place in the Soviet State.

Tracing Lenin's Rolls Royce (02:36)

Visit Moscow's Rolls Royce showroom, where the chassis number of Lenin's Rolls reveals it did not come from the Tsar's collection of cars, but was bought by an emissary of Lenin in 1922. How did Lenin get the car past the embargo?

Airplanes for the War, A Car for Lenin (01:38)

Parliament relented to allow Lenin to purchase Rolls Royce bombers, but Lenin also got a discount on a car. Should the leader of a Communist country keep the car? One expert says, "No!"

Credits: Inside the State Historical Museum, Moscow: Museum Secrets (Series 3) (00:28)

Credits: Inside the State Historical Museum, Moscow: Museum Secrets (Series 3)

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Inside the State Historical Museum, Moscow, we find out which duel killed a genius, examine the bones of Stone Age children to reveal what killed them, then ride with Polish soldiers to find out why they wore angels’ wings. We descend into the torture chamber of Ivan the Terrible, then examine the brass eagle of Napoleon’s Third Regiment to find out if they died bravely, or with dishonor. And learn why Vladimir Lenin drove a Rolls. A BBC Production. A part of the series "Museum Secrets" (Series 3).

Length: 43 minutes

Item#: BVL57625

ISBN: 978-0-81609-520-9

Copyright date: ©2013

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