A crowdsourced project to build the first US-based Nikola Tesla museum has finally paid off with the purchase of a former estate of the venerated inventor.
The non-profit group, The Tesla Science Center at Wardenclyffe, was able to raise over $1.3m to purchase a former Tesla estate in Long Island, New York. The group was able to raise the money through an online fundraising campaign on crowd sourcing site IndieGoGo.
The campaign to buy the Tesla estate started last August. Originally, the group only needed $850,000 to cover its share of the properties cost.
Fundraising efforts made headlines earlier this year when the creator of the popular web comic The Oatmeal threw his support behind the campaign. The Oatmeal creator, Matthew Inman, also garnered headlines when he started an online fundraising effort to combat a defamation suit against him.
The Tesla museum is expected to be built on the famed site of Tesla's Wardenclyffe tower.
Wardenclyffe Tower was Tesla's attempt to create a device that could spread free wireless electricity to the entire world. Unfortunately for Tesla, funding ran out before the projects completion.
Tesla was eventually forced to sell off the property where the tower was built in order to pay off debts. Now, almost 100 years later, the property is being sold from the company that bought the site from Tesla to the Tesla Science Center.
While Tesla failed to garner renown in his own lifetime, his legacy has grown over the years. Nvidia even named its recent Tesla GPU after the famed scientist and inventor.
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