Jeff Bezos to donate $200 million to Smithsonian
Amazon founder Jeff Bezos will donate $200 million to the National Air and Space Museum, the Smithsonian announced Wednesday.
Why it matters: The Smithsonian said the sum represents the largest donation to the institution since its founding gift from James Smithson in 1846.
By the numbers: Of the total, $70 million will support museum renovations and $130 million will help establish an education center to be named the Bezos Learning Center.
The big picture: This is not the first time Bezos has donated to the Smithsonian. He was a founding donor to the National Museum of African American History and Culture, and has made past contributions to the Air and Space Museum.
What they're saying: "Almost 175 years ago, Mr. Smithson’s inaugural gift laid the groundwork for this innovative approach, bringing together private philanthropy and public funding. Today, as we emerge from a pivotal moment in history, Jeff’s donation builds on that original tradition and will help us reimagine and transform the Smithsonian," said Smithsonian Secretary Lonnie Bunch.
- "This historic gift will help the Smithsonian achieve its goal of reaching every classroom in America by creating a world-class learning center with access and inspiration at its heart," he added.