Did the Contents Survive?

Removed from its niche beneath the cornerstone, the time capsule is brought to the Rochester Museum & Science Center for examination.

Boroscopy - A High-Tech Peep Hole

With help from a local optics company, conservators looked inside the copper container using a tiny fiber-optic camera called a boroscope. Carefully inserted in a small hole made when the box was extracted, the boroscope gave the first glimpses of the contents in vivid detail. And good news: everthing inside looked to be perfectly preserved 126 years later.

"It was remarkable..."

Ralph Wiegandt 

"There on top..."

Ralph Wiegandt


Rochester Museum & Science Center

"What we're seeing in the box..."

Lea Kemp


Rochester Museum & Science Center