Smithsonian said on Wednesday that Jeff Bezos, the founder of Amazon and a self-proclaimed astronaut himself, was donating 200 200 million to the SmartSonian Institution’s National Air and Space Museum. Smithsonian said the grant was the largest philanthropic gift in 1846 since the organization’s founding gift from James Smithson.
Smithsonian said $ 70 million would help reform them National Aircraft and Space Museum, And িয়ন 130 million will be used for a new learning center, called the Bezos Learning Center. It will be built on the east side of the Museum Plaza of the National Mall. Bezos became a donor in the past of the Smithsonian Museum.
“This historic gift will help the Smithsonian reach the goal of entering every classroom in the United States and achieving the goal of inspiring with his heart,” said Smithsonian Secretary Lonnie G. Bunch, in a statement issued by the organization.
Bezos, the founder of Amazon, also founded a rocket company called Blue Origin almost two decades ago. He will go on a tour later this month about what will be Blue Origin’s first human spaceflight.
“Every child is born with great potential and it is inspiration that opens up that potential,” Bases said in the statement. “My love of science, discovery and space did it for me and I hope this gift will do the same for others.”
The gift came as the country’s museum sector was shut down by the epidemic and suffered deep financial losses.
Smithsonian museums, for example, were closed for several periods and they themselves lost earnings, for example, from shops and cafes. Last year, the Smithsonian claimed 49 49 million in losses in these operations between March and September, and laid off more than 200 people. This was followed by the reopening of its museums and the re-employment of some of these works. The National Air and Space Museum at the mall is still closed and is scheduled to reopen on July 30.
The Smithsonian receives federal funds, about two-thirds of its budget, and benefits from large private grants and grants. It has suffered less than other museums, relying much more on ticket revenue.
Previous larger philanthropic donations include $ 65 million for the Steven F. Udvar-Hajji Center, an air and space museum outpost near Dulles Airport. Smithsonian also received 45 45 million for the American Art Museum and the National Portrait Gallery for the Donald W. Reynolds Center.