A major museum in the U.S. state of Ohio is the latest place to accept payment in Bitcoin, partly as a way to encourage adoption and turn Cleveland into a crypto- and blockchain hub.


Science and technology continue to evolve and to a large extent, dictate how we run our lives through the conveniences and necessities that they offer. Disruptive technology like blockchain and cryptocurrencies are doing the same, providing a more efficient and streamlined approach to finances and data management.

In an example of how these two worlds are merging, the U.S. state of Ohio’s Great Lakes Science Center has announced that they will now be accepting Bitcoin as payment. According to Crain’s Cleveland Business, the museum and educational center will make use of BitPay to process these transactions from the 13th of November.

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The move comes just in time for the Blockland Solutions Conference, which will also be held in Cleveland. The event will be a way to showcase the benefits of blockchain which will be done through presentations and case studies. It is being organized by Bernie Moreno, a successful car dealership owner, and entrepreneur. His goal is to turn the city into a blockchain hub partly through the creation of a $150 million incubator.

The conference has attracted the attention and support of many big names in the disruptive industry. According to the event’s website, the impressive list of speakers includes IBM’s Vice President of Blockchain Technology, Jerry Cuomo; the founder of ConsenSys, Joseph Lubin and industry pioneer, Nick Szabo.

Suffice it to say, the conference is poised to attract quite a few industry enthusiasts and even potential investors. Great Lakes Science Center wants to be a part of pushing Cleveland to become a blockchain hotspot and part of this is accepting crypto payments. The center’s CEO, Kirsten Ellenbogen, explained:

There is a lot of excitement around the conference. Accepting bitcoin is just a small part of the momentum to grow a blockchain ecosystem in Cleveland.

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Bitcoin Acceptance Continue to Grow

However, the center’s acceptance of virtual currencies is also a testament to their own growth and desire to be on the cutting edge of this digital revolution. Ellenbogen added:

Last year we launched our mobile app that uses augmented and virtual reality to allow guests to experiment with flames in space and test spacecraft designs re-entering Earth’s atmosphere when they visit the NASA Glenn Visitor Center, and now they’ll be able to use their phone to pay for their admission using Bitcoin.

Great Lakes Science Center joins a growing list of establishments that are accepting cryptocurrencies as payment. Live Bitcoin News recently reported that Skoda Minotti, a U.S.-based business advisory firm, is also now accepting crypto payments. Acceptance is growing in the rest of the world as well with a French-based university accepting tuition in Bitcoin and a London brewery taking crypto payments.

Do you think that the Great Lakes Science Center will see an increase in visitors with their new payment option? Let us know in the comments below!


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