The Museum of Science and Industry, Chicago has announced a $125 million gift from the Kenneth C. Griffin Charitable Fund.
The bulk of the gift, the largest in the museum's eighty-six-year history, will be dedicated to securing its long-term financial future and the creation of a first-of-its-kind digital gallery and performance space. In recognition of the gift, the museum will be renamed the Kenneth C. Griffin Museum of Science and Industry. The commitment from Griffin, founder and CEO of Chicago-based hedge fund Citadel, boosts to more than $300 million the total raised through the museum's ongoing capital campaign.
"We are honored to receive this incredibly generous gift, which helps ensure that MSI remains a vital resource for science learning in the twenty-first century," said MSI president and CEO David Mosena. "Our mission has always been to inspire the inventive genius in everyone. This gift will allow us to continue providing the kind of innovative experiences and programs that work to achieve that mission for generations to come."
"The Museum of Science and Industry celebrates our greatest scientific and commercial achievements and ignites the imaginations of all who visit," said Griffin. "As one of the most important institutions of science in the world, the museum's impact extends far beyond its halls. I am honored to support MSI's mission to inspire the next generation of scientific exploration and innovation."