Jeff Bezos is donating $200M to the Smithsonian to help renovation of its National Air and Space Museum

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Now that he’s stepped down from CEO, it’s time for Jeff to donate billions until everyone forgets the issues with Amazon and starts to love them. After all, it worked for Bill…


It’s going to be quite confusing for the Amazon wing of the museum to focus on space.


Jeff Bezos is donating $200M to the Smithsonian to help ~~renovation of its National Air and Space Museum~~ launder his reputation.


First part of the announcement: >The Smithsonian will receive a $200 million donation from Jeff Bezos, founder and executive chair of Amazon, and founder of aerospace and space flight company Blue Origin. The donation is the largest gift to the Smithsonian since the Institution’s founding gift from James Smithson in 1846. A $70 million portion of the donation will support the renovation of the National Air and Space Museum and $130 million will launch a new education center at the museum. >The education center will be housed in a new facility to be constructed on the east side of the museum’s plaza at its flagship location on the National Mall. It will feature programs and activities that inspire students to pursue innovation and explore careers in STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts and mathematics) fields, and it will help teachers better utilize the Smithsonian’s collections. The center will connect to all Smithsonian museums, coordinating STEAM-related collections and experts across the Institution and promoting inquiry-based learning in visitors of all ages, with a focus on under-resourced communities. The center will activate programming through innovative community partnerships to reach students and teachers in Washington, D.C., and in communities across the country. It will be built in conjunction with the second half of the museum’s ongoing revitalization. The new center will be named the Bezos Learning Center in honor of Bezos’ donation. >The gift will also help enable a technological transformation of the museum’s galleries and public spaces, including the creation of new interactive experiences to inspire visitors, students, teachers and families.


DMVer here. This is great because it is one of the worst we have in DC at this point. It needs a lot of work. It’s free to the public, as are all Smithsonians, so it’s understandable why it’s gone down the tube when Congress fails to properly fund these public institutions.