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About the Lemelson Center

The Jerome and Dorothy Lemelson Center for the Study of Invention and Innovation was founded in 1995 at the Smithsonian Institution's National Museum of American History through a generous gift from the Lemelson Foundation.

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Ribbon-cutting ceremony for the Lemelson Center, 1996.
L to R: former NMAH director Spencer Crew, Dorothy Lemelson, Jerome Lemelson, and Lemelson Center director Art Molella. Smithsonian photo by Jeff Tinsley.

The Lemelson Center’s mission:
To document, interpret, and disseminate information about invention and innovation
To encourage inventive creativity in young people
To foster an appreciation for the central role of invention and innovation in the history of the United States

Through public events, programs for students, publications, research opportunities, exhibitions, and this website, the Center:
Records the past, by preserving and increasing access to records and artifacts
Broadens our understanding of history, through research, discussion, and dissemination of ideas
Looks towards the future, by engaging young people in the study and exploration of invention and innovation

Jerome and Dorothy Lemelson Center
for the Study of Invention and Innovation

National Museum of American History
Room 1210, MRC 604
14th Street and Constitution Avenue NW
Smithsonian Institution
P.O. Box 37012
Washington, DC 20013-7012

Phone: 202-633-3656
Fax: 202-633-4593
E-mail: LemCen@si.edu
Web: invention.smithsonian.org

Download the Lemelson Center 2011 Activities Report

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