Published On: Thu, Oct 20th, 2016

Bloomberg makes $50 Million gift to Boston science museum



When he was just a child growing up in Medford, every Saturday morning Michael Bloomberg used to go all the way from home by trolley, subway and by bus to the Museum of Science in Boston.

“I really did look forward to that trip all week long”,  Bloomberg, 74, says,  “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.”

Now Bloomberg is giving back in a big way. Three-time New York mayor and billionaire, Michael Bloomberg unveiled a historic contribution to the Boston Science Museum Tuesday. His $50 million gift will support the museum’s education division and science education centre, in honor of his parents, William and Charlotte.

Bloomberg, a long-time supporter, said the institution taught him not to be afraid of asking questions – and has changed the course of his life. In a statement posted to the museum’s website, he said he understood firsthand how important an impact it can have on young people. “It just showed me the possibilities and showed me what was out there in ways that traditional school didn’t do”.


This endowment will support everything you think of when you imagine the Museum—from dynamic exhibits and live animal shows to teacher development and speaker events. This includes computer science and food science initiatives that will educate children about computer science and computational thinking, as well as nutrition, sustainability, food chemistry, and healthy cooking, respectively. “Michael Bloomberg has propelled the Museum forward in its ability to excite visitors with interactive experiences and continue the educational focus we’ve had for decades, ” says Christine Reich, vice president of exhibit development and conservation.


Museum of Science in Boston. “On behalf of the people in MA, I just want to say how pleased and honored we are to be able to consider you a son of MA, despite the fact that you’ve been somewhere else for a few years”.



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