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Two weeks ago, The Oatmeal creator Matthew Inman launched an Indiegogo campaign to buy back Nikola Tesla’s old Wardenclyffe laboratory and transform it into a museum celebrating the legendary inventor. Dubbed “Let’s Build a Goddamn Tesla Museum,” the campaign has been a smashing success, raising over $1.1 million from more than 28,000 funders — significantly surpassing Inman’s original goal of $850,000.
New York State agreed to match the original $850,000, which means the Tesla Science Center at Wardenclyffe, a registered 501(c)(3) non-profit, will now receive more than $2 million dollars to purchase the property (listed at $1.6 million) and convert it into a museum for the oft-unappreciated engineer and futurist.
At its peak, the campaign raised more than $27,000 per hour and actually crashed Indiegogo, according The Oatmeal's blog. The Tesla campaign will run for another 34 days, though it already holds the record for the most-funded Indiegogo project.
A week ago, the folks at Indiegogo put together the below infographic to demonstrate the success of the Tesla Museum campaign. Meanwhile, if you don’t know why Tesla deserves his own museum, check out this enlightening and massively funny comic on The Oatmeal.
If you want to learn more about the Tesla Museum and other current crowdfunding and crowdsourcing projects, check out our inaugural “The Crowded Room” podcast, where we discuss the week’s coolest (or lamest) ventures in the crowdsourcing world.