Donations for the Smithsonian Institution’s National Museum of African American History and Culture continue to roll in as officials prepare for a star-studded opening on Sept. 24.
The landmark museum has reportedly surpassed its goal of $270 million in private donations, with founding Director Lonnie Bunch saying he expects to raise about $300 million by the time the museum opens on the National Mall.
Museum officials said $273.6 million had been raised by May’s end from corporations, foundations and individuals — including Oprah Winfrey, whose $20 million-plus gift tops the list.
Bunch said although Congress has set aside $270 million for the museum, it still needs additional funds for the other half of the $540 million in construction costs, The Washington Post reported.
The museum has raised $273.6 from private donors, but some of that total is specifically earmarked for programs and endowment.