ROCKFORD (AP) — A broken water pipe at a Rockford museum has damaged more than 200 artifacts.
It happened at the Burpee Museum of Natural History. The Rockford Register Star reports (http://bit.ly/1d4r1FV) the pipe broke sometime between Dec. 23 and Dec. 26 when the museum was closed for Christmas. Employees came back to work to find 2 inches of water on the main floor and water leaking into the lower-level storage rooms.
Workers have had to air out thousands of stuffed birds, wild animals and Indian artifacts. That includes a hooded buffalo-hide ceremonial coat. Museum officials say they won't discard any artifacts. The pieces will either be restored or kept as-is.
The total dollar amount for the damage wasn't immediately clear. Museum officials say they're working with insurance adjustors.
The museum reopened Saturday.