Great Lakes Science Center Now Accepting Bitcoin Payments

News, Now Accepting | November 13, 2018 By:

The Great Lakes Science Center (GLSC), a museum and educational facility in downtown Cleveland, Ohio, is now accepting bitcoin payments via blockchain payments firm BitPay.

Opened in July 1996, the GLSC makes science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) come alive for more than 300,000 visitors a year through hundreds of hands-on exhibits, exhibitions, the Cleveland Clinic DOME Theater, Steamship William G. Mather, daily science demonstrations, seasonal camps, and more. The center is funded in part by the citizens of Cuyahoga County through Cuyahoga Arts and Culture.

The center is now accepting bitcoin in a variety of transactions, including general admission, National Parks Adventure, Great Barrier Reef, and Pick 2 Attraction tickets. The center will use BitPay to process the bitcoin transactions.

The move to accept bitcoin payments comes ahead of the four-day Blockland Solutions Conference, which takes place in December. The Blockland initiative, spearheaded by luxury car dealer Bernie Moreno, aims to make Cleveland a center for blockchain technology and startups.

“There is a lot of excitement around the conference,” said Great Lakes Science Center president and CEO Kirsten Ellenbogen in a statement. “Accepting bitcoin is just a small part of the momentum to grow a blockchain ecosystem in Cleveland.”

Ellenbogen added that the move also underscores GLSC’s own innovative efforts as it supports the disciplines of STEM.

“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,” she said.

The GLSC is the third museum in the US to accept bitcoin. The other two are the Museum of the Coastal Bend in Texas and the St. Petersburg Museum of History in Florida.