The Smithsonian's National Museum of American History
Bring the family to Spark!Lab
The National Museum of American History reopened
on 21 November 2008 after an extensive two-year renovation. Come see what's new, including Spark!Lab, the Lemelson Center's new hands on center.
Everybody can envision the “Eureka!”
moment of invention, where the idea suddenly strikes
and—BOOM—there’s a new product
ready to change the world. Spark!Lab, the newest
hands on space for families and others visiting
the National Museum of American History hopes to
show the real story behind an inventor’s work.
is a process, from creative ideas all the way to successful
marketing, and the Lemelson Center’s Spark!Lab
aims to use fun activities to help kids and families
learn about the history and process of invention.
You can play games, conduct science experiments, explore
inventors’ notebooks, and even invent! Spark!Lab
will also feature a regular series of speakers, including
contemporary inventors, to let you know just how they
got the “invention bug” and put their
creativity to use.
Spark!Lab is located on the first floor of the Museum's west wing.
Go to the Spark!Lab website »
In addition to Spark!Lab, the Lemelson Center will also open it interactive exhibition for families, Invention at Play, in the new Lemelson Hall of Invention.
Find out how you can become a Lemelson Center volunteer!
Visit the Museum's website for more information on the renovation.