Local philanthropist David M. Rubenstein has given the White House Historical Association $5 million for the upkeep of the newly renovated White House Visitor Center, which is set to reopen Saturday, the association said Wednesday.

The association made the announcement as first lady Michelle Obama, Interior Secretary Sally Jewell and National Park Service Director Jonathan B. Jarvis helped cut the ribbon on the center Wednesday afternoon.

The association had chipped in $7.5 million of the $12.6 million cost of the renovation of the center, which is operated by the Park Service on Pennsylvania Avenue just east of 15th Street NW.

In 2010, the Bethesda philanthropist gave $10 million to fund the association’s David M. Rubenstein National Center for White House History at Decatur House, on Lafayette Square, across from the executive mansion.

Rubenstein — co-founder of the Carlyle Group, a global private equity firm — has a passion for U.S. history and has made major history-themed donations in the past.

In July, he donated $12.3 million for the renovation of the historic Arlington House, the Robert E. Lee memorial in Arlington National Cemetery. And after the 2011 earthquake, he paid $7.5 million of the $15 million cost of the repairs to the Washington Monument.