Recently, web comic The Oatmeal launched an IndieGoGo campaign that raised $1.4M to purchase a Long Island site that will be converted into a Nikola Tesla museum. According to The New York Times, the estate is in Shoreham and stretches 16 acres. It was originally designed by Tesla’s friend Stanford White, who also planned the Washington arch.
Tesla is credited with the establishment of alternating current as the transmission for electrical power. He died at age 83 in 1943 at the top of the New Yorker Hotel. Marc J. Seifer, who authored a Tesla biography, predicts that enthusiasts all over the globe will wan tot visit the museum. He said, “It’ll be a beacon. Tesla was an inventor in so many different realms — aircraft design, robotics, beam weapons, mass communications — that he’s an inspiration for what true genius really is.”
The project to buy the land began in 1996 when the founding of the Friends of Science East occurred, but moved into high gear when the estate was listed in 2009.