US Science Centre Now Accepts Bitcoin
One of the biggest museums and educational facilities in the United States, the Great Lakes Science Centre has now begun to accept a new payment method, Bitcoin.
The CEO of Great Lakes Science Centre, Kirsten Ellenbogen, said that the institution decided to accept the crypto in order to boost the growth of the local blockchain ecosystem.
Speaking on the matter, Ellenbogen said:
âThere 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.â
Prior to the Great Lakes Science Centre starting to accept Bitcoin as a payment method, the Swiss luxury watchmaker, Hublot successfully implemented Bitcoin to sell over 200 pieces of its limited edition Bitcoin/blockchain themed sports watch which is priced at $25,000, generating $5.25 million in revenue completely through sales conducted using Bitcoin.
The Great Lakes Science Centre is the third museum in the US to accept Bitcoin. The Museum of the Coastal Bend in Texas and St. Petersburg Museum of History in Florida have both been accepting Bitcoin for quite some time now. This makes the Science Centre the third museum in the States which accepts cryptocurrencies as a payment method.
The Museum of Coastal Bend started to accept crypto five years ago in 2013 and at the time a spokesperson said:
âI have to admit, Iâm skeptical that anyone will visit and use BTC. But it doesnât cost us anything to try, and itâs pretty cool to say that weâre 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.â
Looking to today, Bitcoin has become a major store of value which is worth over $110 billion that is known as a proper asset by large-scale institutions like Fidelity, Nasdaq, ICE and the New York Stock Exchange.
Ellenbogen said that customers will be able to buy admission tickets using cryptocurrencies and visit the National Aeronautics and Space Administration also known as NASA. As said by CCN, the app was launched recently launched on mobile which utilises augmented and virtual reality to provide a new experience for customers.
âLast 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 Earthâs atmosphere when they visit the NASA Glenn Visitor Center, and now theyâll be able to use their phone to pay for their admission using Bitcoin.â
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