Earlier this year, Matthew Inman, the creator of The Oatmeal, penned a gushing review of his Tesla Model S, and followed it up with a request to Tesla Motors CEO Elon Musk for $8 million to help build a museum dedicated to the achievements of the company's namesake because "any less than $8M would pretty much leave us in the same boat we're in now." Musk Tweeted a response that said, "I would be happy to help."

So, the news that Musk will donate $1 million to the Tesla Science Center at Wardenclyffe towards the construction of the museum, which will be built on a 16-acre site in honor of scientist Nikola Tesla, is a mixed blessing. A million bucks is a million bucks, but it's not the amount Inman was hoping for. The museum says, "[Musk] has challenged us at the Center to use our resources wisely, find additional resources, and reach our goal of creating this museum." In other words, anyone have $7 million?

The plan is to locate the museum in Shoreham, New York, on Long Island's north shore, about 65 miles northeast of New York City. It's also the site of Nikola Tesla's last laboratory. He started working there in 1901 on an unfinished project that would have essentially been a precursor to e-mail. Thursday marked the 158th anniversary of Nikola Tesla's birth. The scientist died in 1943.

On top of the cool million, Musk says he will also build a Supercharger fast-charging station on site for those making the trip out to the museum in a Model S. So the Science Center will be just like Lusk, WY. You can check out the Tesla Science Center's press release below.
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Musk Funds Tesla Science Center in Shoreham

Shoreham, New York – July 10, 2014 A birthday party was held for famous inventor Nikola Tesla at the site of his last laboratory, in Shoreham, NY, where Jane Alcorn, president of the Tesla Science Center at Wardenclyffe announced that Elon Musk, owner of Tesla Motors, had pledged $1 million to the Tesla Science Center, plus a Tesla supercharging station to the Tesla Science Center saying, "He has challenged us at the Center to use our resources wisely, find additional resources, and reach our goal of creating this museum." A donation had been suggested by Matthew Inman of theOatmeal.com, who will comment via his website.

"We are excited and extremely grateful for Mr. Musk's generous gift to Tesla Science Center, and also to Matthew Inman for arranging the opportunity," she said.

The site is on the way to becoming the Tesla Science Center at Wardenclyffe, featuring a Nikola Tesla Museum, as well as a learning center and an innovation center.

Representatives of Congressman Tim Bishop and Senator Kirsten Gillibrand, as well as elected officials from New York State, Suffolk County, Brookhaven Town, and Shoreham Village were on hand. As the flag was raised for each level of government, the representative proclaimed July 10 to be Nikola Tesla Day.

Professor W. Bernard Carlson, author of a definitive biography of Tesla, spoke on the subject, "Nikola Tesla: Visionary of the Information Age."

The Science Center is being built on the 16-acre site of Tesla's last laboratory, at the intersection of Route 25A and Randall Road in Shoreham. It was purchased last year with help from a crowdfunding campaign conducted by Mr. Inman.

In 1901, Nikola Tesla had begun a project there, never completed, to send messages and electric power around the world by wireless transmission.

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