Today, the Carnegie Science Center announced that thanks to a very generous donation from a Pittsburgh couple, it was giving up “Carnegie” for “Kamin.” Here’s everything you need to know about the change to the Kamin Science Center and when it’s officially coming.
Daniel G. and Carole L. Kamin Science Center
Since I was a child, I’ve been visiting Carnegie Science Center several times a year, compliments of the hands-on exhibits that delight both kids and adults. While the center will still be part of the four Carnegie Museums of Pittsburgh, the official name will be the Daniel G. and Carole L. Kamin Science Center.
The 65 million dollar gift from the esteemed Pittsburgh couple is the largest in the Carnegie Museums of Pittsburgh’s history. With an initial contribution to the museum’s endowment as well as a bequest, it’s the biggest apart from Andrew Carnegie’s himself. While the new name is official, it will take some time for the change to be made to the museum’s exterior.
“This gift tells a great story—a young boy from Pittsburgh is inspired by his time spent exploring the region’s beloved science museum and, decades later, now makes a history-making gift to that very organization to inspire future generations in the same way he was,” said Jason Brown, Director of the Science Center and Vice President of Carnegie Museums of Pittsburgh. “It’s the embodiment of our mission and shows how someone can come full circle from being the inspired young person to helping to provide the same opportunities for the next generation.”
About the Museum Donation
Steven Knapp, President and CEO of Carnegie Museums of Pittsburgh was delighted to announce the change. “Dan and Carole have been generous supporters of our museums for many years, and with this unprecedented gift they are further establishing their legacy as true leaders in Pittsburgh’s philanthropic community. Their forward-looking generosity will establish a firm foundation for the Science Center as it expands its capacity to inform and inspire its audiences within and beyond our region.”
During the afternoon conference, Mr. Kamin made a poignant recollection about his childhood and his love of space:
“I vividly recall crafting my own telescope during many inspired visits to The Buhl, so I have a great appreciation for the role the Science Center plays in educating and inspiring our young people,” Daniel Kamin said. “The Science Center is a vital contributor to the economic vitality of the Pittsburgh region and a great partner to our schools and science-based businesses. Carole and I were inspired by the future vision presented by the Science Center’s leadership, and we felt compelled to support it in a meaningful way.”