About Tesla Science Center at Wardenclyffe

The Tesla Science Center at Wardenclyffe, also known as Friends of Science East, Inc., a not-for-profit organization incorporated by the State of New York, was established with the specific purpose of developing a regional science and technology center on eastern Long Island. It is the hope of Friends of Science East, Inc. to be able to establish this center at the site of the former Peerless Photo plant in Shoreham, New York.

The Science and Technology Center and Museum would be a place dedicated to science education and to introducing visitors to the rich scientific opportunities on Long Island. This center and museum would complement the educational efforts of the schools within this region as well as the community outreach activities of other prominent science institutions. It would also look to provide possible space for fledgling companies engaged in scientific research.

The historic significance of the Shoreham site presents a unique opportunity as it contains the only remaining laboratory where Nikola Tesla, the famous inventor of alternating current electricity and neon lighting, conducted research. The building which he used as his laboratory was designed by the renowned architect Stanford White in the Italianate style. Among the programs and permanent exhibits envisioned for the center are the following:

Programs:

  • Visiting experts/presentations/lecture series
  • Science teacher associations conferences and symposia
  • Week-long or day-long field trips by students
  • Future association with science competitions involving mentoring and workshops
  • Saturday Science programs

Permanent Exhibits:

  • Tesla Exhibit
  • Exploratorium-type exhibits
  • Gift shop. Book shop
  • Cafeteria (‘Neon Cafe’)
  • Science research space (living museum)
  • Possible incubator space
  • Changing exhibition space

Further reading: A brief history of Friends of Science East, Inc./Tesla Science Center.