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

Jeffrey Brodie

Deputy Director

Michelle DelCarlo

Spark!Lab Project Assistant
Education Specialist
Project Curator

Chris Gauthier

IT Specialist

Eric Hintz


Anna Karvellas

Program Manager
Interpretive Exhibit Coordinator
Administrative Program Specialist
Exhibition Program Manager

Kate Wiley

Public Affairs Specialist