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

The Lemelson Center engages, educates and empowers the public to participate in technological, economic and social change. The Center undertakes historical research, develops educational initiatives, creates exhibitions, and hosts public programming to advance new perspectives on invention and innovation and to foster interactions between the public and inventors.

Current Exhibitions

Previous Exhibitions

  • Invention at Play


  • Society for the History of Technology’s 2016 Dibner Award for Excellence in Museum Exhibits for Places of Invention.
  • Spark!Lab Inventor’s Studio kit is a winner of the Summer 2016 Academics' Choice Brain Toy Award.
  • Web Marketing Association’s 2015 Best Education Website Award for the new Lemelson Center website.
  • National Museum of American History’s 2013 Peer Award for Risk-Taking for the Lemelson Center’s Innoskate team.American Association of Museums (AAM) 2003 Excellence in Exhibition Award for Invention at Play
  • AAM 2003 MUSE Gold Medal Award for History and Interpretation for the Invention at Play website
  • Smithsonian Education Achievement Award (2004) for Innovative Lives program

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Senior Historian and Webmaster

Jeffrey Brodie

Deputy Director

Nyssa Buning

Spark!Lab Facilitator
Education Specialist

Zach Etsch

Spark!Lab Floor Manager

Natalia Febo

Spark!Lab Facilitator

Eric Hintz


Jocelyn Knauf

Spark!Lab Floor Manager

Anna Mayfield

Spark!Lab Facilitator

Laurel Miller

Interpretive Exhibits Manager
Director Emeritus
Interpretive Exhibit Coordinator
Administrative Program Specialist
Head of Exhibitions and Interpretation