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Nikola Tesla Museum

In 2012, Matthew Inman from The Oatmeal, a web comic site, started an Indiegogo campaign to build a Nikola Tesla museum and science center to honor the late engineer and save the site of the Wardenclyffe Tower, which was demolished in 1917. He raised more than $1 million in nine days to create a "Goddamn Tesla Museum." New York state also matched the donations, pushing the campaign over $2 million. Then this month, Elon Musk donated $1 million to get it off the ground.

Image: Matthew Inman/The Oatmeal

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9 comments
keith.bernard
keith.bernard

How about Amanda Palmer?  Super successful Kickstarter and she still offers her music on Bandcamp. 

jrd417
jrd417

What no mention of the game Star Citizen? It went from zero dollars at 9/1/2012 to $48mil this month.

gbetti1
gbetti1

maybe holograms of the originals??????

aikimark
aikimark

Solar Roadways is a scam.

sbarman
sbarman

Yea... whatever happened to Diaspora?

kgc
kgc

There is a very good little museum dedicated to Tesla in Belgrade, Serbia. It contains his library, his tools from his workshops and the original examples of his key inventions. I would be interested to know what the Nikola Tesla Museum in New York will contain.

bheite
bheite

@jrd417 Exactly, half these things I haven't heard of, but Star Citizen is proof that there is a market for it, and they have an established revenue stream from sponsors. I toss then 10.00 a month and have a few ships, because I believe in what they are doing for the PC. Not to mention the ships are very cool....

public99
public99

@jrd417 No kidding. I clicked on this article feeling Star Citizen would at least get a mention.

bburgess66
bburgess66

@kgc 

I wonder how (if) that happened .. considering nearly all his (key) work occurred in the US. Even to this day, not many cultures outside of the US consider 'research' a respectable thing to pursue.   :-(