Tesla Motors Inc (TSLA) CEO Elon Musk donates $1 million to Nikola Tesla Museum

Posted Jul 12, 2014

Tesla Motors Inc (NASDAQ:TSLA) CEO Elon Musk has pledged $1 million to help complete the Nikola Tesla Museum, according to Matthew Inman of the web cartoon The Oatmeal. Musk also said that Tesla Motors will build a Supercharger for its electric vehicles in the museum parking lot. Musk is donating to the museum as part of The Oatmeal’s ?Let?s Build a Goddamn Tesla Museum? project. The project started out as a crowdfunding campaign to buy back Nikola’s Tesla lab in 2012.


The campaign raised over $1.37 million plus an $850,000 matching pledge from the state government of New York. However, The Oatmeal and the Tesla Science Center organization needs more to convert the abandoned property into a museum honoring Nikola Tesla. Inman reviewed the Tesla Model S in a funny comic and May and then he added a second comic requesting financial help from Musk for the Tesla museum. It looks like that comic worked!

?This is not a demand or an accusation or a plea. It?s a polite request from a humongous fan,? said Inman in a comic.

Musk tweeted back to The Oatmeal saying he would be happy to help. The Oatmeal requested $8 million, which is the full amount required to complete and open the museum. The $1 million and a Supercharger should definitely go a long way though.

?Elon Musk: From the deepest wells of my geeky little heart: thank you,? wrote Inman in a blog post.