Tesla museum receives funding with more than a month to go

There's one thing that scientists all universally love, and they're visionaries. They're the people who tend to drive scientific discoveries harder and further than anyone else can, and there aren't many more popular among the scientific community than Nikola Tesla.

Tesla's final laboratory is located in Shoreham, New York. It's not a particularly vibrant town; you could even call it 'sleepy', but it's home to the final laboratory of the man who introduced us to the electrical era. This laboratory, Wardenclyffe, was where Tesla attempted to bring the world free, wireless electricity. The tower he intended to use for this was demolished in 1917, but the rest of the lab is still standing.

Free electricity, wirelessly? Tesla's laboratory was planning to incorporate this.

That land, and the building upon it, went up for sale recently. A non-profit entity is trying to buy that land and turn Wardenclyffe into a museum dedicated to the memory of Nikola Tesla, who died in 1943 of coronary thrombosis.

The land is worth $1,600,000, and the state of New York is prepared to give a grant of up to $850,000. Raising $850,000 alongside that would mean you have $1.7 million, which is enough to give Tesla a museum and then some. You'd also have some extra cash on the side, which could be poured into improving the museum.

IndieGoGo was used by the group aiming to buy Tesla's lab, in an attempt to gain the cash needed. Six days and almost $900,000 later, they're done, with thirty-nine days still to go. That has to be some kind of record for days left after blowing through a goal. It would appear Tesla's land is now destined to be preserved as a historic site.

And it's all through the power of the internet that the cash has been flowing in. The introduction of the electrical age brought us the computers we're pledging the money through; almost seventy years after his death, Tesla might have paid for his own museum, in a roundabout way.

More than 21,000 people have contributed to the fund. Even now, cash is still flowing in. Earlier today the total was close to $900,000, and the shot at the top of the page shows what it looks like now. New York State might not even need to provide a grant totalling the full $850k; the internet's got this one covered.

Source: IndieGoGo
Wardenclyffe Rendition: Wikimedia

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tesla invented a car that used zero point energy from the air through an antenna to power an electric engine, this has been supressed. He also created wireless power, he could power ships from miles away but J.P Morgan his financer stopped giving him money because there was no way to meter it. Tesla was murdered by the cia, his assassin confessed on his deathbed, the u.s govt then confiscated all his research which was used to create the HAARP earthquake/weather modification weapon system that is in alaska.

The best one I heard is that he actually developed a working death ray that could fire ball lightning, but his work has never been reproduced because he didn't write down any of the science or engineering, it stayed in his head and it died with him.

An amazing man, whom no one can hold a candle to.

Tesla's memory deserves this museum.

I'm extremely happy this project has surpassed its requested funds.

I'm totally down for the July 10, 2013 bbq!

This is such great news. Tesla is totally unappreciated in our time and hopefully this will go some way to getting him the recognition he deserves.

Chicane-UK said,
This is such great news. Tesla is totally unappreciated in our time and hopefully this will go some way to getting him the recognition he deserves.

Not to mention Edison and JP Morgan tried (and succeeded in many ways) to ruin Tesla. This is why he died totally broke and discredited (at the time). I'm glad he's finally getting the recognition he deserves in the wider community. In the scientific community it was widely accepted he was a better (and more important) inventor/scientist than Edison was.

LOC said,
Not to mention Edison and JP Morgan tried (and succeeded in many ways) to ruin Tesla. This is why he died totally broke and discredited (at the time). I'm glad he's finally getting the recognition he deserves in the wider community. In the scientific community it was widely accepted he was a better (and more important) inventor/scientist than Edison was.

True enough, but Tesla was, to an extent, his own worst enemy. The guy was basically bat**** insane.

I donated $10. I'm really glad this has gained so much attention. Maybe one day I will visit the museum if it's built.

I love this new crowd funding type stuff. Maybe I can get some funding for an awesome food truck dream that I have.

S7R1K3R said,
I love this new crowd funding type stuff. Maybe I can get some funding for an awesome food truck dream that I have.

I'm in!

drazgoosh said,
Why did Edison have to go ruin everything?

Because JP Morgan (and Edison) wanted to have everyone use DC not AC. Edison even went so far as ELECTROCUTING elephants with AC to show how dangerous it was (which is to say, about as dangerous as DC is, derrr Edison!).