Amazon founder Bezos gives Seattle museum $10 million

Aug 17, 2011

A Seattle history museum says Amazon.com founder Jeff Bezos has given the institution a $10 million gift.

It's the largest donation in the 59-year history of the Museum of History and Industry. The money will be used to establish a "Center for Innovation" at the new home of the museum, which is set to open in fall 2012.

The new location of the museum is a few blocks from the new Amazon.com campus in Seattle's South Lake Union neighborhood.

The new innovation exhibit will focus on Seattle's history as a center for industrial innovation, dating back to Henry Yesler's steam-powered sawmill.