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Museum Opens America's Oldest Time Capsule Buried by Paul Revere, Sam Adams — Here's What Was Inside

"History was made and dissevered tonight."

Image source: Twitter / Museum of Fine Arts, Boston

Experts at a Boston museum opened up a 1795 time capsule buried by Sam Adams and Paul Revere in front of live-cameras Tuesday.

The more than 200-year-old antique — thought by experts to possibly be the oldest unopened time capsule in the U.S. — was found in a granite cornerstone at the Massachusetts State House by workers repairing a water leak in December.

Image source: Twitter / Museum of Fine Arts, Boston

Conservators opted to first X-ray the capsule before opening it. On Tuesday, they did so with the world eagerly watching.

According to the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston, the capsule contained five newspapers, one folded title page, one silver plaque, 24 coins and one paper impression of the Seal of the Common Wealth.

"History was made and dissevered tonight," the museum said in a Facebook post.

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