We all know that museums don’t put everything on display, but just what do they have lurking in storage? It turns out U.S. museums have host of hidden treasures. This weekend, Harriet Baskas shares them all in her new book, Hidden Treasures: What Museums Can’t or Won’t Show You (pre-order your copy now). We were lucky enough to score a preview of five. Check out what the museums don’t want you to see.
1. Pinups Hidden at a Family Heritage Museum?
Model and well-known illustrator Zoë Mozert created hundreds of paintings and magazine covers featuring Hollywood starlets and pin-up girls. Among her most famous works is the poster for the controversial Howard Hughes film, The Outlaw, starring Jane Russell. But “naked is the problem” with the self-portrait Mozart gave to Arizona’s Sedona Heritage Museum, according to museum historian Janeen Trevillyan. “We’re a small, family-oriented museum and how in the world are we ever going to show it? We laugh sometimes and say if we ever have an art exhibit, we’ll have to put that painting in a separate room, behind a black curtain.”