For Nikola Tesla’s 158th birthday on July 10, 2014, Elon Musk made a generous $1 million donation for a new museum at the site of the scientist’s old laboratory on Long Island. The CEO of Tesla Motors was inspired by a side-splitting Model S review featured on Matthew Inman’s The Oatmeal – Inman was the same man who saved the lab from being sold or destroyed in 2012. Keep reading to see what else is in store for the new museum.
People gathered yesterday to sing a few songs from Tesla’s time, raised a flag in his honor, and even released a flock of birds – a reference to the scientist’s love of pigeons. The venue was the Tesla Science Center at Wardenclyffe, the same site where Tesla once built a 187-foot transmitter tower to experiment with wireless electricity. In the future, the museum will be home to Tesla’s inventions, along with a “hacker lab” where people can build prototypes of their own inventions.
In a blog post about the donation, Inman expressed his heartfelt gratitude to Musk, “from the deepest wells of my geeky little heart: thank you. This is amazing news.” He also points out that Musk plans to build a Tesla Supercharger station in the parking lot of the museum, which seems perfectly fitting. In order to fund construction, the museum will soon be launching an initiative called “Buy a brick for Nik,” which lets people purchase a brick and add their own inscription before it becomes part of the site’s new fabric.
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