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Jeff Bezos to open Center for Innovation this fall, aims to inspire young would-be entrepreneurs

Alexis Santos

What's an e-commerce tycoon to do after funding everything from nuclear fusion startups to commercial spaceflight ventures? Why, help develop a museum exhibit to inspire young folks and teach them about innovation, of course. After more than two years of development and $10 million from Jeff Bezos' own pockets, the Museum of History and Industry will open the doors to the Bezos Center for Innovation on October 12th. Not only does the center aim to help visitors learn about "the importance of innovation" through interactive exhibits, but it will toot Seattle's horn for being "the birthplace of so many trailblazing companies." If you can't make it to The Emerald City, we're sure Bezos has a few learning alternatives in mind.

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Bezos Center for Innovation at MOHAI to Open October 12

SEATTLE, WA – On October 12, 2013, the Museum of History & Industry (MOHAI) will unveil an exciting new highlight of the museum experience: the Bezos Center for Innovation. Announced for the first time in August 2011 (click here to see press release), the Bezos Center is the result of more than two years of research, planning, and design, and is generously supported by Jeff and MacKenzie Bezos. Featuring interactive experiences and special insights from some of Seattle's leading innovators, the Bezos Center will teach visitors about the importance of innovation and celebrate Seattle as the birthplace of so many trailblazing companies.

A focus on engaging young people is at the core of the Center's purpose and mission. By illustrating stories of invention in tangible, relatable ways, MOHAI hopes to instill a sense of possibility and discovery in the region's youth. The Bezos Center's exhibits and programs put students in direct contact with a shared history of innovation, and will explore how a great idea can become reality.

To celebrate the opening of the Bezos Center for Innovation, MOHAI will host a series of exciting events, including a special MOHAI Member Preview on Friday, October 11. The Bezos Center will be opened to the public with festivities and special programming on Saturday, October 12. The opening of the Bezos Center for Innovation will be the highlight of MOHAI's programs and events for the fall.

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