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DON'T JUST SEE THE SITES

STEP INSIDE THEIR STORIES

THE NEXT GENERATION OF TOURISM EXPERIENCES

An entirely new way to visit museums and historical sites.

Step Inside the Story of a true event.

Go Beyond the Frame of a masterpiece. 

 

With the world's best storytellers as your guides, we'll transform your visit into an informative, captivating & unforgettable experience.

 

 

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DEATH OF A KING: THE PATH TO EXECUTION - ST. JAMES'S PARK

"A magical tour...brilliantly written, it weaves you into its story and you are spellbound..."

- Professor Kate Williams, CNN royal historian, NYT bestselling author England’s Mistress: The Infamous Life of Emma Hamilton.

 LET'S MAKE YOUR TRAVELS HISTORIC! 

 

Go from a checkmark on your bucket list

to a memorable, enjoyable and educational experience.

Go from the traditional string-of-boring-facts guide to 

Stepping Inside A Story of true events.

Become a part of the intrigues, deceptions 

& fascinating events of the past.

 
 

LOCATIONS

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FLORENCE

FALL 2021

POMPEII

SPRING 2022

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VERSAILLES

FALL 2021

LONDON

1 MAY 2021

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ROME

FALL 2021

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VIENNA

SPRING 2022

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PARIS

SPRING 2022

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VENICE

SPRING 2022

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WASHINGTON D.C.

28 MAY 2021

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YOUR GUIDES

"THE BARDEUM GUILD"

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ADEWALE

AKINNUOYE-AGBAJE

Actor & Director known for Roles in Oz, Lost, Game of Thrones & Thor: A Dark World

NARRATOR
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TRACY BORMAN

Acclaimed author, historian and Joint Chief Curator of Historic Royal Palaces

AUTHOR
KENSINGTON GARDENS
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STEPHANIE DRAY

New York Times, Wall Street Journal & USA Today bestselling author.

AUTHOR
POMPEII

ANTHONY HOWELL

Actor best known for his roles in Foyle's War, Mr. Selfridge & many seasons at the Globe.

NARRATOR

EDWARD LARSON

Pulitzer Prize winning and New York Times bestselling author.

AUTHOR
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LAURA MORELLI

Art historian and award winning historical novelist & travel writer.

AUTHOR
FLORENCE

SIMON SCARROW

Sunday Times No. 1 bestselling author of over forty novels.

AUTHOR
ROMAN COLOSSEUM

PHILIP STEVENS

Award Winning Actor, Director, Writer & Producer at Urban Apache Films

NARRATOR
PALATINE HILL
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GEORGE BLAGDEN

Actor known for his roles as Louis XIV in Versailles and the monk Athelstan in Vikings.

NARRATOR
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H.W. BRANDS

Two time Pulitzer Prize finalist and NYT bestselling author of 30 books

AUTHOR
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GREGORY A. FREEMAN

Award Winning Journalist and author of compelling narrative nonfiction.

AUTHOR
WWII MEMORIAL

LAURA KAMOIE

New York Times bestselling author and  Historian on American History.

AUTHOR
JEFFERSON MEMORIAL

ELIZABETH MACNEAL

Sunday Times bestselling author of The Doll Factory, a #1 International bestseller.

AUTHOR
HYDE PARK

FLORA MONTGOMERY

Actor best known for her roles in Granchester, Endeavor & A Very English Scandal.

NARRATOR
KENSINGTON GARDENS

HAMPTON SIDES

New York Times bestselling Author of gripping non-fiction adventure stories.

AUTHOR

SIMON TURNEY

International bestselling author of over thirty historical novels.

AUTHOR
PALATINE HILL
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ERIC BLEHM

Award winning and NYT bestselling author of books on those who serve.

AUTHOR
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Leslie Carroll

LESLIE CARROLL

as JULIET GREY

Acclaimed author of over twenty books in three genres

AUTHOR
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MARGARET GEORGE

New York Times, Wall Street Journal and London Sunday Times bestselling author.

AUTHOR
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ELIZA KNIGHT

Award winning and USA Today bestselling author of over fifty novels.

AUTHOR
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TUPPENCE MIDDLETON

Actor best known for her roles in

Downton Abbey &The Imitation Game.

NARRATOR
HYDE PARK

KATE QUINN

New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of eight historical novels.

AUTHOR
POMPEII

CHARLES SPENCER

Sunday Times bestselling author and finalist for "History Book of the Year".

AUTHOR
ST. JAMES'S PARK

HEATHER WEBB

USA Today bestselling and award-winning author of seven historical novels. 

AUTHOR
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ABOUT


The concept of BARDEUM started with a swim across the English Channel.  

 

In 2012, I was training as part of a six-woman relay team to swim a double crossing of the English Channel (from England to France and back again) to raise money and awareness for ALS/MND (Lou Gehrig’s disease).  Four months before our swim, I was diagnosed with stage 2 breast cancer. 
 

Over the next 7 months I underwent surgery to remove the tumor; endured 16 weeks of chemotherapy; swam to France and back again (setting a relay world record); had six weeks of daily radiation; and then… a routine CT discovered a brain aneurysm.  I underwent a craniotomy to clip the aneurysm - which per my neurosurgeon appeared ready to burst.  Ultimately, in a bizarre twist of fate, breast cancer saved my life.

 
All this made it very clear that life should not be taken for granted.  My husband and I decided we would no longer put off the things we always wanted to do and our family began to travel. We went to dream destinations and began checking the well-known tourist sites and museums off our list. 

 

Unfortunately, we were often underwhelmed by the experience.  The standard guides offered dry boring facts and the tiny plaques left us with little more than where we started.  Every so often, we would come across a wonderful tour guide who gave us a real glimpse into the past.  But tours can be expensive, difficult to find availability or fit into a time schedule.  And, surprisingly, sometimes the guide gave inaccurate information. It felt as though we were only getting gratification from checking something off our list as opposed to truly enjoying the site itself.

I began researching not just the general history of these sites, but specifically the stories of the people who gave these sites real meaning.  Sharing these stories with my family as we stood on the same spot of ground as these famous characters from the past made a vast difference in our experiences. 
 

We spent time trying to imagine what it would have been like to have witnessed those events: to sneak through secret passageways at the Palazzo Vecchio and share state secrets with the Grand Duke of Tuscany; to be at the Roman Colosseum and witness a Gladiator fight; to be at the Yew Tree Ball at Versailles and see Louis XV meeting the love of his life; or to stand side-by-side with Leonardo da Vinci as he crafted one of his masterpieces. 
 
I realized that education given through quality storytelling was the key to making these experiences  valuable and satisfying - not just a check on our bucket list.  

OUR MISSION is to EDUCATE, ENTERTAIN & GIVE BACK

 

CONTACT

Museums & Historical Sites interested in a BARDEUM Experience Click Below

Museum Edutainment, LLC

P.O. Box 3907

Ann Arbor, MI 48106

U.S.A

info@bardeum.com