10 Unexpected Hidden Rooms

10 Unbelievable Hidden Rooms

1. Long Hidden Room Reportedly Discovered On The Queen Mary

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The Queen Mary, built in Scotland in 1933, found a new home in Long Beach in 1967. Considering how long the ship has been on the West Coast, and how it's been obsessed over by a slew of historians, you would think that every nook and cranny of the ship has seen its time in the spotlight. That's not quite the case, apparently, as it was announced last week what a new room has been uncovered on the ship. The discovery happened when workers were doing repairs in the bathroom of the ship's A deck, above the main visitor entrance, according to the Long Beach Press Telegram.

This new room was hidden behind the locked bathroom, and is reported to be a 1,500 square foot space. The space contains the machinery that is used to control the ship's anchors; officials say they beleive that the room may have been sealed off in the 1960s as the ship was being converted into a hotel and tourist attraction.


2. The secret room hidden under a trapdoor in Florence that experts believe contains a lost Michelangelo artwork unseen for centuries


For hunders of years, a Renaissance secret lay hidden beneath the Medici Chapels in Florence. Behind a trapdoor discovered under a wardrobe, a museum director and colleagues found a room with charcoal and chalk drawings lining the walls and, they're thought to be the works of Michelangelo. Now, more than 30 years after their discovery, these rarely seen drawings have been revealed in breathtaking photos captured by National Geographic photographer Paolo woods. The room was found in 1975 by then museum director Paolo Dal Poggeto and colleagues while looking for a new way for tourists to exit, according to a National Geographic Exclusive report.

After the initial discovery of the room, which was filled with coal, experts undertook the careful job of removing layers of plaster from the walls to reveal what could be hidden beneath, given the city's history. And, this revealed dozens of drawings that appeared similar to some of Michelangelo's famous works. Among the drawings was an image that resembles a sculpture in the New Sacristy chamber of the chapel above, which was designed by Michelangelo, according to National Geographic. The experts also noted parallels between a particular sketch and the artist's chalk drawing of the Resurrection of Christ, as well as a sketch reminiscent of Michelangelo's depiction of Leda and the swan.


3. A secret room, boarded up after the 1906 earthquake, is found in the Winchester Mystery House

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The Winchester Mystery House has secret passageways, twisting hallways to nowhere, false doors, and a séance room. It has 161 rooms in all, and is know as the 'world's strangest home.' In October 2016, a secret room, reportedly boarded up since the 1906 earthquake, was found. Inside was a pump organ, a Victorian couch, sewing machines, and paintings. Owner Sarah Winchester, an heiress to the Winchester rifle fortune, had the room closed off after being trapped there during the earthquake. She was rumored to have created the strange home after a famous spiritualist told her to keep building to placate the tormented spirits of those killed by Winchester rifles.


4. The hidden room behind Mount Rushmore

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In the 14 years he spent planning, sculpting and overseeing the completion of the Mount Rushmore monument, artist Gutzon Borglum harbored a deep concern. He worried that his creation, one that used a 400 foot long by 500 foot wide rock canvas to depict the faces of four influential U.S. presidents, would one day be shrouded in mystery. After all, Borglum reasoned, what did we really know about Stonehenge? Or Egyptian pyramids? Civilizations could rise and fall while Rushmore stood, its origins getting more clouded with time.

To make sure people in the future knew the history of his project and the meaning behind it, Borglum announced an ambitious addition: a massive room situated just behind Abraham Lincoln's hairline that would contain all the information anyone would ever need about the mountain. It would even house major historical artifacts like the Constitution and the Bill of Rights. Borglum called it the Hall of Records. In 1938, he had workers begin blasting away with dynamite, carving what he wanted to be the most elaborate artist's signature ever conceived.


5. Scans Reveal Two New Hidden Rooms in The Great Pyramid of Giza

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The Scan Pyramids project continues to break new ground on the Great Pyramid at Giza whilst barely laying a finger on it. Their latest finds shows that the 4,500 year old monument has even more mysterious hidden cavities and corridors than their previous work showed. Their first new discovery is a cavity about 105 meters ( 345 feet ) up from the ground on the northeastern corner of the pyramid. This is followed by another "void" discovered on the north face of the structure, AFP reports.

The project, led by the Egyptian Ministry of Antiquities Authority, uses infrared thermography,"cosmic ray" muon detectors, aerial drone photography, and laser scanning to "look inside" the pyramids in a totally non invasive way. The project is coming to the final weeks of its year long mission, which started last October. The bulk of their work has been conducted on the Great Pyramid, the largest and oldest of the three pyramids at the Giza site, which acts a monument and tomb to Pharoah Khufu. They have also conducted work on its neighbor Khafre in Giza, as well as the Bent pyramid and Red pyramids in the Dahshur necropolis.


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6. Students In Norway Discover Secret WWII Room In Their Attic

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Imagine the following: You're a Norwegian student and your landlord told you there's a secret room somewhere in the house... Exam time comes and you decide to take a break and go looking for this hidden room. You head up to the attic and poke around. You find nothing. So you just hang out. Until your friend accidentally pushes against something and the wall moves. You head in and find a tiny space filled with things from WW2. There's this sign that says (in a rough translation): "If you have a bad stomach, you do not have access." An "alarm" made of a single lightbulb. And there's an old map of Europe. You begin to wonder what exactly this space was for? Of course, once these pics hit Reddit, you get some answers — it used to be a secret spot for printing newspapers.


7. Found: The Remains of Sally Hemings’ Small Room at Monticello

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THE ROOM WHERE SALLY HEMINGS lived was next to Thomas Jefferson’s bedroom. It was about 15 feet wide and 13 feet long. There were no windows. It “would have been dark, damp and uncomfortable,” NBC News writes. Archaeologists working at Monticello have uncovered the remains of Hemings’ room, which was built in 1809, NBC News reports. For many decades, this room was forgotten; at one point the space was converted to a men’s bathroom to accommodate visitors to the historic house.

Hemings, a slave who is known as Jefferson’s “mistress,” would have lived in somewhat better conditions than other slaves on Jefferson’s property. In the excavation, archaeologists found her room’s original hearth, fireplace, and floors. The excavation is part of a project aiming to tell the full story of Monticello—including the story of the slaves that Jefferson kept.


8. A trove of Nazi memorabilia is found in a secret room in a Buenos Aires home

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In a hidden room, in a suburban home just outside Buenos Aires, a treasure trove of over 75 Nazi artifacts was uncovered in June 2017. The memorabilia was believed to be owned by high-ranking Nazi officials during WWII, further proving their existence in South America following that war. The collection includes a bust relief portrait of Adolf Hitler, a statue of an eagle above a swastika, a knife, a box of children's harmonicas and puzzles, an hourglass, a medical device that is used to measure the size of a person's head, and a World War II German army mortar aiming device. There are also photos of Hitler holding a few of the items in the collection. All of the memorabilia is believed to be original. Argentine Security Minister Patricia Bullrich hopes to have the items donated to the Holocaust Museum of Buenos Aires.


9. ‘Secret spy room’ uncovered in Moscow during renovation work

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A secret chamber used for eavesdropping on enemies in the 16th century was discovered in downtown Moscow, which is undergoing a major gentrification project, the City Hall said on its website on March 31. "Archeologists found a small vaulted chamber in a trench dug near the St. John Church (some 700 meters away from the Kremlin)," the capital’s chief archeologist, Leonid Kondrashev, was quoted as saying.

He said this chamber had helped Moscow’s defenders to snoop on enemies on the other side of the city’s wall. In all, more than 150 artifacts dating back to the 16th-19th centuries were unearthed during the renovation. Among them are coins, ceramics, utensils, bullets, buttons, an arrow and a cannon ball. The renovation of Moscow’s streets began last year. This spring and summer, 87 downtown streets are slated for gentrification.


10. Demolition of Prohibition-Era Wall Reveals Centuries-Old Wine Collection Dating Back to 1769

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Museum workers in New Jersey broke through a Prohibition-era wall and a locked wooden cage to discover over 50 bottles and 42 demijohns of rare Madeira wine dating back as early as 1769. Liberty Hall Museum at Kean University in Union, New Jersey, says the discovery yields the oldest known collection of Madeira in the United States. “We had no idea the old bottles were there,” said John Kean, first cousin to New Jersey’s former governor and president of the museum. “We knew there would be wine, but had no idea as to the date. That was a major surprise.”

Historians and museum workers have been renovating Liberty Hall Museum, originally just called Liberty Hall, which was home to New Jersey’s first elected governor and signer of the Constitution, William Livingston. The house was built in 1772, just prior to the American Revolution, and originally had 14 rooms. The estate changed ownership in 1811 to the Kean family and eventually became the 50-house mansion that stands today.

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