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

The mission of the Lemelson Center is to document, interpret, and disseminate information about invention and innovation;  encourages inventive creativity in young people; and foster an appreciation for the central role that invention and innovation play in the history of the United States. Building on the unique resources of the Museum, the Lemelson Center seeks innovative ways to record the past by preserving and increasing access to the records and artifacts of invention and innovation. At the same time, the Center helps young people prepare for the future by developing programs aimed at engaging them in the study and exploration of invention and innovation.

Upcoming Exhibitions

Previous Exhibitions

  • Invention at Play


  • 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
Project Curator

Jeffrey Brodie

Deputy Director

Michelle DelCarlo

Spark!Lab Project Assistant
Education Specialist

Zach Etsch

Spark!Lab Floor Manager

Natalia Febo

Spark!Lab Facilitator

Chris Gauthier

Multimedia Specialist

Eric Hintz


Jocelyn Knauf

Spark!Lab Facilitator

Anna Mayfield

Spark!Lab Facilitator

Laurel Miller

Interpretive Exhibits Manager
Director Emeritus

Rachele Morino

Spark!Lab Facilitator
Interpretive Exhibit Coordinator
Administrative Program Specialist
Head of Exhibitions and Interpretation

Kate Wiley

Public Affairs Specialist