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Kate Wiley 202-633-3656

The National Museum of American History will soon be undergoing renovations to its West exhibition wing. To prepare for construction, Spark!Lab—the Lemelson Center for the Study of Invention and Innovation’s hands-on invention activity center—will remain open through Oct. 6.

For those looking to spark their inventive creativity while the space is closed, the Lemelson Center encourages the public to:

* Participate in a Spark!Lab cart activity at the National Museum of American History (schedule TBD, visit
* Find fun, inventive activities to do at home at and on Spark!Lab’s Facebook page.
* Sign up for our monthly e-newsletters to find out about Lemelson Center public programs and events, our podcast and new at-home activities.
* Visit the first Spark!Lab off the National Mall, opening at the Nevada Discovery Museum in Reno, Nev., Sept. 10.
* Visit a Smithsonian Affiliate museum participating in the Spark!Lab Outreach Kit Program. Partners include the U.S. Space and Rocket Center in Huntsville, Ala.; the Annmarie Garden in Solomons, Md.; the Western Science Center in Hemet, Calif.; the Museum of Arts and Sciences in Daytona Beach, Fla.; and the Science Museum Oklahoma in Oklahoma City. Non- affiliate Discovery Space Children’s Museum in State College, Pa., is also a partner.

Spark!Lab will re-open at the National Museum of American History following the renovations. During closure, Lemelson Center staff will be hard at work inventing new and improved activities.

Please note, the National Museum of American History will remain open during renovations.



The Smithsonian's Lemelson Center is dedicated to exploring invention in history and encouraging inventive creativity in young people. The Center is supported by The Lemelson Foundation, a private philanthropy established by one of the country's most prolific inventors, Jerome Lemelson, and his family. The Lemelson Center is located in the National Museum of American History, 14th Street and Constitution Avenue N.W. The nearest Metro stations are Federal Triangle and Smithsonian on the Orange/Blue lines. The museum is open daily from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., except on Dec. 25. Admission is free.
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