U.S. museums join other American companies to accept crypto
In yet another milestone accomplished by bitcoin on its path to become mainstream, more U.S. museums started accepting crypto. Effective from today, November 13, you can pay in crypto while visiting one of the biggest museums in Ohio, the Great Lakes Science Center, located in Cleveland.
The box office will use BitPay system to process the transactions. Visitors will be able to pay for their admission tickets and visit the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) Glenn Center paying by crypto. The timing of the announcement coincides with the Blockchain Solutions Conference, an inaugural four-day event that kicks off in December.
According to the Great Lakes Science Center president and CEO Kirsten Ellenbogen,
“accepting bitcoin is just a small part of the momentum to grow a blockchain ecosystem in Cleveland.”
The decision to start accepting crypto perfectly outlines the mission and vision of the museum that’s focused on science and technology, Ellenbogen emphasized.
Great Lakes Science Center is not the first U.S. museum to accept crypto. The movement to bring digital currency to the general public through major entertainment venues started a while ago, in 2013. The first one to accept crypto was Museum of the Coastal Bend in Texas, followed by St. Petersburg Museum of History in Florida.
While Ohio is not considered a “tech hub” of the U.S., cryptocurrency is actually flourishing here. Just earlier this year, in April, the major local Internet, cable and telephone company, Light Speed Hosting (which also runs a massive crypto mining facility in Medina County) has announced that they’ve started accepting payments in a wide range of cryptocurrencies.
The next company to follow the same path was one of the biggest local accounting and financial consulting firms, Skoda Minotti.
“Through our experience helping clients leverage bitcoin for their businesses, we’ve witnessed the tremendous growth and popularity of bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies in many industries,” said Dennis Murphy, one of the partners at the firm.