Billionaire Elon Musk giving $1 million to Tesla museum

Billionaire Elon Musk giving $1 million to Tesla museum
Tesla CEO Elon Musk holds up a bottle of wine as a gift from one of the first customers, right, during a rally at the Tesla factory in Fremont, Calif., Friday, June 22, 2012.
SHOREHAM, N.Y. (AP) — The billionaire owner of Tesla Motors is giving $1 million to a New York museum dedicated to preserving the legacy of the inventor who inspired its name.

The Tesla Science Center announced Elon Musk's donation on what would have been Nikola Tesla's 158th birthday.

The museum said Thursday that Musk will also install a Tesla supercharging station.

The museum is being built on the 16-acre site of Tesla's Wardenclyffe laboratory in Shoreham, Long Island. The Serbian scientist began an unfinished project there to send messages and electricity around the world wirelessly.

Tesla is known for his work with alternating current and experiments with X-rays.

Musk co-founded PayPal and also runs space contractor SpaceX. His donation comes after a request from Tesla fan and museum backer Matthew Inman of TheOatmeal.com.