Stories from the Vaults: Season 1

2007 NR 3h 9m DVD

Stories from the Vaults: Season 1

2007 NR 3h 9m DVD
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Get a look at some of the most prized treasures housed in the Smithsonian Institution, along with interesting inside stories about the famed American museum, with this program hosted by television actor Thomas Cavanagh. He leads viewers behind the exhibits and into the Smithsonian's private rooms, cutting-edge storage vaults and laboratories to explore some of the millions of rare items museum goers don't normally see.
Tom Cavanagh
Widescreen 1.78:1
English: Dolby Digital 5.1
NR - Not rated. This movie has not been rated by the MPAA.
age 8+
Common Sense rating OK for kids 8+
age 8+

Common Sense Note

Parents need to know that some of the stories featured in this educational series touch on behavior toward which attitudes have changed over the years -- including ethnic humor, hunting, smoking, and drinking. Host Tom Cavanagh is also something of a smart aleck at times, often poking fun at the things he discovers, but overall he seems interested in learning about them.

Sexual Content

Not applicable.


Some scenes feature preserved animal skins, dead birds, and marine specimens. Some historical footage of shooting during a hunt.


Not applicable

Social Behavior

Since much of the series deals with historical figures and what they did, there are several examples of behavior that would be questionable today but was perfectly acceptable in its original era (ethnic jokes, etc.). Even so, the show encourages a passion for learning at all stages of life. Host Cavanagh does poke fun at what he finds, but he's clearly interested in the subject matter, too.


Not applicable

Drugs / Tobacco / Alcohol

Some images of people smoking and, when it's part of the story, mentions of drinking. (For example, the show mentions that author John Steinbeck and his marine biologist friend spent time on their scientific expedition "boozing" on the boat.)

  • Age appropriate
  • Not an issue
  • Depends on your child and your family
  • Parents strongly cautioned
  • Not appropriate for kids of the age

This information for parents is provided by Common Sense Media, a non-profit organization dedicated to improving kids' media lives.

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