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Why are there bubbling cauldrons in the basement?

And why are they so cold?

Since the American Museum of Natural History opened in 1877, its primary mission has been to collect and preserve the natural heritage of the earth.

The mission is still unfinished.

In a basement room, far beneath the public galleries, there are seven stainless steel vats, cooled by liquid Nitrogen. Nearly every day, white coated technicians lift the lids and place tiny vials inside.

What is the museum preserving here? And why?


The secret is revealed in the premiere broadcast of Museum Secrets: Inside the American Museum of Natural History


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