Let’s build a museum to honor Serbian-American scientist and inventor Nikola Tesla

by 1389 on September 3, 2012

in 1389 (blog admin), innovations, New York, science and nature, Serbia, tech industry, USA

Let’s Build a G-ddamn Tesla Museum!

Nikola Tesla's laboratory and tower at Shoreham, NY
Nikola Tesla’s
Wardenclyffe laboratory and tower

Nikola Tesla was the father of the electric age. Despite having drop-kicked humanity into a second industrial revolution, up until recently he’s been an unsung hero in history books. If you don’t know who Tesla is, go read this.

Tesla’s final laboratory is located in the sleepy town of Shoreham, New York.  It’s known as Wardenclyffe and it’s where Tesla attempted to build a tower that would provide free wireless energy to the entire earth. Unfortunately, Tesla lost his funding before the project was completed and in 1917 the Wardenclyffe tower was demolished.  Subsequently, the land was sold to a film and paper manufacturer.

However, the land, laboratory, and foundation beneath the tower are still there and very recently went up for sale. And right now a non-profit is trying to buy the property and turn it into a Nikola Tesla Museum. The property is listed at $1.6 million, and this non-profit has received a matching grant from New York State of up to $850k.  This means that if we can raise $850k, New York State will match us for that same amount — putting the total raised at $1.7 million.

There is currently another offer on the table from someone who wants to purchase the property potentially tear it down or turn it into a retail establishment. There is no Tesla museum in the United States, despite Tesla’s extraordinary accomplishments.  If we can outbid this other person and buy the land it will permanently be protected as a historic site and eventually converted into a Nikola Tesla Science Center.

The folks behind this project are a 501(c) non-profit organization and they’ve spent the past 15 years trying to find a way to save this property.  This IndieGoGo account is linked directly to their bank and all the funds will go directly to them.

Even if we raise the full amount and end up with $1.7 million, this isn’t enough to build an actual museum / science center. But it will effectively put the property into the right hands so it can eventually be renovated into something fitting for one of the greatest inventors of our time.

Internet, this is where you come in: HELP ME BUILD A G-DDAMN TESLA MUSEUM.
More details about the campaign can be found over here.

The Indiegogo campaign is linked directly to the bank account of Tesla Science Center at Wardenclyffe, formerly known as Friends of Science East, Inc. It is a 501(c)3 not-for-profit organization registered with the State of New York.

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1 rickl September 4, 2012 at 9:15 pm

Thanks for linking this. I was already familiar with Tesla, but the Oatmeal cartoon moved me to make a huge donation, by my standards. I don’t know what got into me. But hey, it’s only money, and I may as well use it before it’s inflated away.

It’s amazing to see how this has taken on a life of its own. They’re received donations from people in over 100 countries. I’ve been linking it everywhere I can think of.

Thanks for the Wall Street Journal link. I hadn’t seen that article before.

Here’s an excellent short video: http://www.indiegogo.com/teslamuseum?c=gallery&a=1063496

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