WHAT’S BEING CLAIMED:
- Canada’s Vermilion Heritage Museum in Alberta has an old safe kept in the basement because no one could open it — not even locksmiths.
- The museum sorted to challenging visitors to guess the safe code but all of them failed, until last month when Stephen Mills was able to guess the 6-number combination in just one try.
- Everybody was excited when the safe was unlocked, however, its contents proved a little disappointing.
The Vermilion Heritage Museum in Alberta, Canada has an old safe tucked away in its basement because no one could open it.
No one — not even locksmiths can crack the code while the safe’s previous owners could not remember the combination. Even the safe’s manufacturers could not figure out how to reset the lock.
The museum sorted to challenging guests to play around with the safe and guess its code but all of them failed.
Until Stephen Mills, from Fort McMurray, Alberta visited the small museum last month. And he did it on his first try.
Mills, who was on a family camping trip with his wife, his two kids, ages 4 and 6, and his father-in-law, said, “The museum was actually closed on the day we were there, but we managed to track down one of the volunteers, Tom Kibblewhite, who opened it for us and showed us around.”
Kibblewhite gave the Mills a tour of the whole museum then proceeded to show them the objects in the basement, including the “impossible-to-open” safe.
According to Kibblewhite, the safe originally had belonged to the town’s Brunswick Hotel which opened in the early 1900s. The hotel closed in the late 1970s and the safe remained locked since then.
“It was like a time capsule, nobody had any idea of what was in there,” Mills said.
As a museum guest, Mills was also offered the chance to crack the code.
“I looked at the dial and I saw the numbers were running from 0 to 60. So I thought in my head 20-40-60. I did a particular combination which is three on the right, two on the left, and 1 on the right, tried the handle … and it opened!”
“It was a 100% guess,” Mills added. “I was fully amazed. I stepped back a little bit and thought ‘I’m buying a lottery ticket tonight!'”
Everyone was excited when the safe was unlocked. However, its contents proved a little disappointing.
Unfortunately, there wasn’t what we thought was there,” Mills continued. “Some papers, old checks, a waitress’ notepad, and a receipt from the hotel, that’s it.”
“My children kept screaming ‘we beat the code! We beat the code!'” he said.