Cleveland Museum Accepts Cryptocurrency As Payment Method

Nov 12, 2018 at 20:33

A science museum in downtown Cleveland has announced it will start accepting cryptocurrency as a form of payment in their facility.

The Great Lakes Science Center in Ohio will be open to bitcoin transactions starting Tuesday, Nov. 13, as a way to encourage the use of blockchain in the city, reported the business news website Crain’s Cleveland Business.

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

Opening the museum to accept cryptocurrency also aligns the facility’s thrust in promoting innovation in the fields of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics, the official explained.

She recounted the museum’s major project last year involving a custom-made mobile app that utilizes augmented and virtual reality which enables guests to experiment with flames in space. The app also simulates spacecraft designs and tests it for reentry to the Earth’s atmosphere at the NASA Glenn Visitor Center.

“Now they’ll be able to use their phone to pay for their admission using Bitcoin,” Ellenbogen said.

The museum will use BitPay to process transactions made in cryptocurrency.

Aside from Great Lakes Science Center, two other museums have been accepting cryptocurrency as a form of payment.

The Museum of the Coastal Bend in Texas and the St. Petersburg Museum of History in Florida have been accepting BTC for ticket purchases.