The Museum of Science and Industry is getting a new name. The Kenneth C. Griffin Museum of Science and Industry will be named after billionaire Ken Griffin for his donated of $125 million.
On Thursday, the museum announced that the Chicago philanthropist Griffin will be making the largest donation in the institution’s history.
Griffin is the founder of the hedge fund Citadel and has been one of the most prominent and active donors to cultural and educational organizations through his Kenneth C. Griffin Charitable Fund. He has given over $1 billion to various institutions. Among other Chicago cultural gifts, Griffin has donated substantial amounts to the Field Museum of Natural History and Art Institute of Chicago. He has also donated to other institutions including New York museums, he gave $150 million to his alma mater Harvard University and $125 million to the University of Chicago in recent years.