Tanya Garner

Assistant Project Manager
Role in Museum 

Tanya Garner is currently a program specialist with the Lemelson Center for the Study of Invention and Innovation, a program dedicated to exploring invention in history and encouraging inventive creativity in young people. She has worked at the National Museum of American History for 20 years and has extensive experience in public relations, event planning and developing public programs for a variety of audiences.


Current Projects

  • Audience development and Community Outreach initiatives
  • In-Gallery interpretation, Invention at Play traveling exhibition (2001-present): Conduct training for visitor services, gallery and volunteer staff on facilitation, communication protocol, and exhibition maintenance and safety.

Past Projects

  • Gallery manager, Invention at Play traveling exhibition (2000)
  • Program coordinator, Invention at Play program series (2000-2002)
  • Program coordinator, Lewis Latimer: Renaissance Man puppet performance (1999)
  • Host, Lewis Latimer: Renaissance Man education video (1999)
  • Project coordinator, annual Activities Report (1996-2000)
  • Project coordinator, March Madness for the Mind, invention demonstrations (1996-2002)
  • Logistics coordinator, annual fall symposia series, New Perspectives on Invention and Innovation (1995-2002)
Awards, Honors, and Special Recognition 

NMAH Peer Recognition Special Achievement Award, 2002

Professional Affiliations 

American Association of Museums

Association of Science-Technology Centers