Two Springfield attractions are getting national media attention this week.

“The Travel Channel” program “Mysteries at the Museum” will have a segment on the History Museum on the Square and the escape of several cobras in 1953 in downtown Springfield. The show is scheduled to air at 8 p.m. Dec. 1, 11 p.m. Dec. 2 and 11 a.m. Dec. 11.

Nearly a dozen deadly cobras were found in Springfield in 1953. In 1988, a local man admitted he released the snakes from a crate he found outside a pet shop when he was a boy. - Photo courtesy of the History Museum on the Square

“The film crew was here in August and spent quite some time looking around and getting the background for the show,” said John Sellars, executive director at the museum. “It will feature the museum and also the last remaining cobra from the event. It is preserved in the science department of Drury University.”

Wilson’s Creek National Battlefield also is included in a feature titled “The USA’s most underrated tourist attraction in all 50 states” on

The article encourages people to consider a visit during the Annual Memorial Illumination Ceremony, a free driving tour of the battlefield that begins at 4:30 p.m. Dec. 10. Patrons will enjoy more than 2,500 luminaries representing those killed, wounded or missing during the Battle of Wilson’s Creek.