Join us in building the future Tesla Science Center at Wardenclyffe!
The site of the last surviving laboratory of Nikola Tesla and the legendary “Tesla Tower,” Wardenclyffe is a historic and architecturally significant landmark in Shoreham, New York, and a pilgrimage destination for Tesla enthusiasts around the world!
The Tesla Science Center at Wardenclyffe (TSCW) is a non-profit organization established to restore the Wardenclyffe laboratory and ultimately develop a science and technology center and Tesla museum on the grounds.
Thanks to the support of our members, volunteers and donors, Tesla’s last surviving laboratory will be preserved for generations to come in the form of a science center and museum, a fitting tribute to one of science’s most brilliant innovators. We've come so far, and we need your help to finish!
What was the "Tesla Tower"?
Erected during the period of 1901-05, the Wardenclyffe facility was based on one of Tesla’s most revolutionary ideas: a global, wireless system for communication and power transfer. Consisting of a brick laboratory building and the 187 metal tower, the site was a dramatic testament to Tesla’s grand vision. The Tesla Science Center at Wardenclyffe is a non-profit initiative to restore the historic Wardenclyffe site and open a Tesla museum and science center.
Our journey so far
- In May 2013, we succeeded in purchasing the 16-acre industrial property, including Wardenclyffe and the original tower base. The site was essentially a brownfield, where decades of industrial activities in the years since Tesla’s day had created environmental concerns that must be remediated in order to prepare the site for public use. Immediately after purchasing the property, TSCW began securing the site and its buildings, in order to stop the ongoing vandalism within the buildings and to safeguard the historic elements on the property.
- Volunteer cleanup crews worked hard to clean loading docks, perform preparatory landscaping on the entire site, weeding and eliminate invasive vegetation, chipping all branch piles, collecting metal around the site, cleaning out the guard house, installing floodlights, and much more.
- In preparation for the dedication of a Tesla Statue by the Government of Serbia, several contractors, with the help of many volunteers, cleared an overgrown area between the tower base and the street; raised the ground; built a foundation and fenced-in area; laid electrical services; erected light poles; laid decorative stones; and reseeded and mulched the tower base.
- With the new Tesla statue and monument and the significant beautification near the historic tower base and laboratory building, the site of the future Tesla Science Center quickly became an attractive landmark in Shoreham. For their efforts, our incredible volunteers were named People of the Year 2013!
- From 2013 to early 2016 we held regular cleanup work sessions that transformed the overgrown former industrial site into an accessible campus. Since then, the focus has shifted to preparing for the restoration of the historic laboratory, laying the groundwork for a master plan for the entire campus, and an overarching fundraising strategy, including a much-needed renovation of the website and outreach via various campaigns.
- With the steady help from volunteers as well as from hired contractors during 2014 and 2015, much of the invasive growth on the main campus has been controlled. Large parts of the campus, including Tesla’s historic laboratory and the nearby tower base, are now visible from outside the perimeter fence.
- In 2018, the property was listed on the National Register of Historic Places, commemorating the historical significance of both its architecture and of its relationship to Tesla’s most ambitious project.