Places of Invention

Places of Invention

What is it about a particular place that excites a creative mind and sparks invention and innovation? Is it simply being in the right place at the right time? Or is there more to it? The Lemelson Center at the National Museum of American History will explore these questions in Places of Invention, a new 3,300-square-foot family-friendly exhibition. Places of Invention will take visitors on a journey through time and place to discover the stories of people who lived, worked, played, collaborated, adapted, took risks, solved problems, and sometimes failed—all in the pursuit of something new. The exhibition examines what can happen when the right mix of inventive people, ready resources, and inspiring surroundings come together.