David H. Koch's deep philanthropic pockets will benefit dinosaurs.
The executive vice president of Koch Industries has donated $35 million to the National Museum of Natural History, the Smithsonian Institution announced Thursday.
The gift will go to the 30-year-old dinosaur hall, which museum officials say has long been in need of renovations.
Koch, a member of the museum’s advisory board, previously gave $15 million to the museum’s David H. Koch Hall of Human Origins. Thursday's gift marks the largest single donation to the Natural History Museum -- perhaps because fossils have long piqued Koch's interests.
“It goes way back,” Koch told the Washington Post. “I went to my first dinosaur hall with my father and twin brother. We went to the American Museum of Natural History, and I was blown away by the dinosaurs.”