Great Lakes Science Center, a museum located in downtown Cleveland, Ohio, that exhibits the STEM (science, technology, engineering, math) fields with to educate the youth in areas such as the BioMedTech Gallery, advanced energy, science phenomena and space, has announced that they will be the third US museum to offer Bitcoin as a payment method beginning November 13, 2018. The museum will utilize BitPay to process the transactions.
In a bid to advance the awareness and adoption of cryptocurrency and create community support for the development of blockchain locally, Kirsten Ellenbogen, the CEO of Great Lakes Science Center, spoke on the museum’s adoption of bitcoin:
“There is a lot of excitement around the conference. Accepting bitcoin is just a small part of the momentum to grow a blockchain ecosystem in Cleveland.”
The Great Lakes museum is accepting the new payment method before the Blockland Solutions Conference, Cleveland’s inaugural four-day event, held this year in December. Cleveland’s blockchain event will also accept bitcoin for admission.
The Museum of the Coastal Bend in Texas, one of the three museums now accepting BTC, spoke on accepting the cryptocurrency, with a spokesperson saying:
“I have to admit, I’m skeptical that anyone will visit and use BTC. But it doesn’t cost us anything to try, and it’s pretty cool to say that we’re the first. Also, admission is pay-what-you-want, in case anyone was wondering how many of their hard-earned BTC they would need to spend here.”
The Great Lakes Science Center will allow the cryptocurrency to purchase admission tickets to and visit the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) Glenn Visitor Center. The museum has launched an mobile app for an interactive experience at the NASA Glenn Visitor Center.
Kirsten Ellenbogen stated:
“Last year we launched our mobile app that uses augmented and virtual reality to allow guests to experiment with flames in space and test spacecraft designs re-entering Earth’s atmosphere when they visit the NASA Glenn Visitor Center, and now they’ll be able to use their phone to pay for their admission using Bitcoin.”