Tesla Science Center Grows Closer to Opening With Groundbreaking of Visitors Center

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Officials and stakeholders break ground on the visitors center at Tesla Science Center in Shoreham
Courtesy Office of Suffolk County Legislator Sarah Anker

Tesla Science Center Grows Closer to Opening With Groundbreaking of Visitors Center

Local officials, community members, and stakeholders have just broken ground on the Tesla Science Center’s Eugene Sayan Visitor Center in Shoreham. 

According to the museum, the new visitor center will allow the Tesla Science Center to officially open to the public, as well as expand programming and introduce new exhibits.

“It was wonderful to be present for such a special occasion,” said Dorothy Cavalier, chief of staff to Suffolk County Legislator Sarah Anker. “I am looking forward to seeing the joy and innovation the center will bring to the Shoreham community.”

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Nikola Tesla, left, and Wardenclyffe Laboratory and Tower in Shoreham. The tower has since been demolished, but the lab still stands.

The project to preserve and restore Nikola Tesla’s Wardenclyffe Laboratory in Shoreham has been years in the making. The Town of Brookhaven deemed it historical in 2014, and it was designated as a world historic site in 2016. Initiatives to secure grant money to transform the site into an educational museum had been in the works years before that.

Visitors to Tesla Science Centers’ new visitor center will have a space to learn about Nikola Tesla’s life story, career, and contributions to science and technology. The renovation project is being funded by Eugene Sayan, CEO of Softheon, and by New York State through an Empire State Development grant.

Officials note that this phase of the science center project will also remove some non-historical, run-down buildings surrounding Nikola Tesla’s Wardenclyffe Laboratory.

For more information on the Tesla Science Center, visit teslasciencecenter.org.