The Smithsonian's National Museum of American History is open!
Plan your visit to Invention at Play
The National Museum of American History reopened
on 21 November 2008 after an extensive two-year renovation. Come see what's new, including the Lemelson Center's interactive exhibition for families, Invention at Play, in the new Lemelson Hall of Invention.
What do the inventors behind Post-it Notes®,
robotic ants, Kevlar®, and the telephone have
in common with children? Play! And it’s the
inaugural subject for the new Lemelson Hall of Invention,
the Center’s first dedicated public exhibition
space at the National Museum of American History,
as the Center proudly presents the award-winning
exhibition, Invention at Play.
its highly interactive and engaging activities created
especially for families, Invention at Play focuses on the similarities between the ways children
and adults play and the creative skills and processes
used by inventors. Visitors of all ages will experience
various playful habits of mind that underlie invention,
such as curiosity, imagination, visual thinking,
model building, and problem solving.
Visitors will also “meet” inventors
and innovators through compelling personal stories,
photos, and artifacts, and even have a chance to
try learning to windsurf on the Sailboard Simulator,
which is based on a design by sailboard inventor
In addition to Invention at Play, the Lemelson Center will also open its new hands on Center, Spark!Lab.
the online version of the exhibition.
Find out how you can become a Lemelson Center volunteer!
Visit the Museum's website for more information on the renovation.