Tesla museum gets $1M from Tesla Motors CEO Elon Musk

A couple walks past a large banner with

A couple walks past a large banner with the photograph of scientist and inventor Nikola Tesla Monday following the dedication of the Tesla monument at Wardenrclyffe in Shoreham in Sept. 23, 2013. (Credit: Newsday / John Paraskevas)

The Tesla Science Center at Wardenclyffe in Shoreham has announced a $1 million donation from the chief executive of a car company named for the Serbian-American inventor.

The donation by Tesla Motors CEO Elon Musk was announced Thursday by officials at the nonprofit during a celebration of Nikola Tesla's 158th birthday. The Shoreham laboratory tweeted: "$1 million from Elon Musk! And a supercharging station! Thank you, Mr. Musk!!!"

The nonprofit hopes to raise up to $10 million to turn the lab into a science museum honoring Tesla and his work.

Tesla, who has been credited with developing wireless technologies and devising some of the major components of radio and electrical grids, worked at the laboratory for about 12 years in the early 20th century.

The lab had faced an uncertain future until last year, when the inventor's fans raised more than the $850,000 needed to buy the 16-acre site on Route 25A formerly known as Wardenclyffe from Belgian business conglomerate Agfa.

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