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Bloomberg Philanthropies' $50 Million Gift to Museum of Science Expands Mission

October 28, 2016

On October 18, 2016, the Museum of Science, Boston and Bloomberg Philanthropies, founded by entrepreneur, philanthropist and three-term New York City mayor Michael R. Bloomberg, announced a $50 million gift, the largest in the Museum's 186-year history. The endowment will support and name the Museum's Education Division the William and Charlotte Bloomberg Science Education Center in honor of Michael Bloomberg and Marjorie Tiven's parents. At the press event Massachusetts governor Charlie Baker, Boston mayor Marty Walsh, Cambridge mayor Denise Simmons, and Senator Ed Markey were on hand to thank Bloomberg.

The transformational gift solidifies the Museum's position as one of the world's premier educational institutions by ensuring the longevity and stability of the existing education department. It also supports the creation of computational thinking/computer science curriculum and activities, and high-quality food-science initiatives.

"Michael Bloomberg embodies the best in philanthropy, public service, and technological innovation," says Museum president and director Ioannis Miaoulis. "His generous act is an endorsement of the amazing work of our educators and dramatically expands our capacity to make science and engineering accessible to all. The gift also underlines the significance of our region. We are thrilled and honored by his belief in us and the region as a whole. Mike has given Boston, Cambridge, and the world a tremendous gift."

"I know how important this Museum is and what an impact it can have on young people -- because I was one of those young people," said Bloomberg. "My visits to the Museum inspired my interest in science and technology and forever shaped the way I think. People often remember the first teacher to have a profound impact on their lives. For me, that teacher was the Museum of Science."

Not only does the gift help the Museum inspire visitors to think, learn, and question; it significantly amplifies its ability to imagine, create, and distribute world-class exhibits and programs, K-12 curricula, engineering design challenges, and Planetarium shows globally. (Photo courtesy: Nicolaus Czarnecki)

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The Museum of Science, Boston

  1 Science Park, Boston, MA 02114  phone: 617-723-2500