Way up in Lady Liberty’s torch actually sits a little room that was once open to the public. It was closed in 1916, however, after the Black Tom incident, in which German agents ignited tons of explosives nearby, causing damage to Lady Liberty’s torch, and general fears of terrorist attacks.
If you venture down underneath the Colosseum you can learn a lot about how the gladiator fights were organized. The tunnels served both as a way to corral animals up to the main stage, and as a sewerage system that allowed for the arena to be flooded with water in order to simulate naval battles.
Hidden under the Crystal Palace area in south London is the Crystal Palace Subway. In 1936, a fire destroyed the High Level Station above, while the Crystal Palace Subway underneath was left in pristine condition due to its isolation.
The High Level Station was completely closed down in 1954 and demolished in 1961. Now all that’s left is the Crystal Palace Subway underneath that most are surprised to learn about!
Just to the right of ol’ Abe’s head on Mt. Rushmore is a little secret room called the Hall of Records. Rushmore Sculptor Gutzon Borglum wanted to design a description to go along with the sculpture as to detail the most important documents and events of American history.
His reasoning for this plan? “You may as well drop a letter into the world’s postal service without an address or signature, as to send that carved mountain into history without identification.” He’s certainly got a point there.
Hidden in the bustle of New York’s Times Square is an empty building. Aside from Walgreen's occupying the first floor, the building plays host to the famous advertisements on the outside, and is also the headquarters for the New Year’s Eve show operations on the 22nd floor.
If you’ve got an extra $25,000 to blow, you can become a member of this fancy-ass club for the ultra-rich hidden above Cafe Orleans in Disneyland. Past guests have included presidents, actors and foreign business people.
Most regular Disney-goers just pass right by it without ever noticing, as it was designed to be a total secret to us commoners. It’s also the only place in Disneyland that serves alcohol.
If you’ve ever wondered where the dude who designed the Eiffel Tower lived, well, you don’t have to look far. The designer, Gustave Eiffel, resided on the third level of the Eiffel Tower itself in a cozy little apartment. The apartment is currently on display for the public to peek at.
Now, how he got all of his belongings up there in the first place is the real mystery...
If you had assumed that New York’s Grand Central Terminal was just for trains then you’d be mistaken. It also doubles as tennis club for, you guessed it, the rich and famous. The main court is located unassumingly right behind the famous facade window, so the next time you feel like casually spending a couple hundred bucks for an hour of tennis, you know where to go!
Who knew that hidden underneath the Basilica is the tomb of St. Peter himself? Unsurprisingly, getting the opportunity to tour the Necropolis is very difficult. Only a maximum of 250 visitors per day are allowed and groups must be given special permission that is only granted every so often.
The Vatican is home to quite a few hidden treasures. Founded in 1612, the secret archives contain papal correspondence from more than 1,000 years ago. Because of rumors going around about the supposed contents of the archives, the Vatican decided to allow some entrance to it in order to dispel the myths. The archives are located in an underground fortress behind St. Peter’s Basilica.
The birth of the Lucky 7 Lounge is undoubtedly the best part of the whole thing: a Pixar employee one day discovered a secret room hidden behind an air vent in his office and decided to turn it into an exclusive speakeasy that would eventually go on to host celebrities like Steve Jobs and Tim Allen. How cool is that?
But if one thing’s for sure, this place isn’t for the claustrophobic...
A little-known fact about New York’s famous Radio City Music Hall is that it was home to its producer, Samuel “Roxy” Rothafel. Radio City’s architect and interior designer decided to give Rothafel a little gift as a show of appreciation for all of his efforts, so they built him a lavish apartment inside the building itself. The apartment has remained in pristine condition since Rothafel’s death in 1936, although it is currently available to rent out for posh parties.
The Beck-Warren House is situated on the picturesque Harvard University campus and has quite the interesting history: it was originally built in 1833 for Harvard Latin Professor Charles Beck but now serves as home to a couple different departments for the school.
The house has a little-known secret: it was reportedly a stop on the Underground Railroad, and Beck would use it to hide runaway slaves. The craziest part? There’s a trapdoor on the second floor (pictured) that leads to a crawl space supposedly meant for this purpose.
Inside the Cinderella castle at Disneyland is a super fancy Cinderella suite that you can stay in for the night! It was originally intended as a place where Walt Disney and his family could stay, although he unfortunately died before it was completed.
Get this: it’s so exclusive that you can’t even buy your way in. Disney gives out nightly stays in the Suite as prizes daily, so you’re better off hoping for sheer luck!
Just 300 feet away from the Disneyworld mainland is Discovery Island, a secret hidden in plain sight. Once a sanctuary for plants and animals, the attraction came under controversy in the late 1980s for allegations of animal cruelty by the employees, and it eventually closed indefinitely ten years later.
But don’t try swimming there anytime soon...the waters are rumored to be infested with both alligators and a deadly bacteria. Yikes.
Beneath Seattle’s downtown city streets is a whole different underground city! In 1889, about 25 square blocks of the downtown area were destroyed by a huge fire, partly due to poor construction.
It was decided that everything in the future would be made of stone or brick masonry, and the city got to work building retaining walls and paving things in to build a city on top of a city. Today you can take tours of the underground.