The National Museum of American History contains many stories of innovation—and innovative things—that reflect the American peoples’ insatiable desire for game-changing ideas and new ways of doing things. From this page, you can discover resources online and in the Museum that tell some of these stories.

Explore Innovation at the National Museum of American History

New exhibitions, hands-on learning spaces, programs, and performances offer visitors multiple ways to explore stories of forward-looking innovations—innovations that are key to understanding the spirit of optimism that is such an important part of American history.

Also, learn more about this topic from the Museum's Lemelson Center for the Study of Invention and Innovation.

From Our Blog

It's 1998. Turn off your Backstreet Boys CD, put on some Cucumber Melon body spray, go to the mailbox and what do you see: 10 hours of AOL. Free!
White celluloid collar on black background
At first glance, this collar from the 1800s might not look like much. A closer inspection shows that this small accessory brings together the history of technology, class, and race in America.
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