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Places of Invention

Bring your questions and curiosity to #AskACurator Day 2015

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Director John Gray shares the joyful moments and lessons learned in opening a new wing

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The sazón in hip-hop

What made Nashville into Music City?

Black and white photo of people of all ages exiting through a door, some holding programs. Signage advertises upcoming concerts and shows.

“Places of Invention” Explores Invention Hotspots Throughout American History

“Places of Invention,” the latest exhibition from the Smithsonian’s Lemelson Center for the Study of Invention and Innovation, opens at the National Museum of American History July 1. It examines six American invention hotspots across the country and throughout history, asking “Why here? Why now?”

Lemelson Hall of Invention and Innovation Multimedia Press Kit

The Smithsonian’s Lemelson Center for the Study of Invention and Innovation will open its first permanent public home—the Lemelson Hall of Invention and Innovation—at the National Museum of American History July 1. The Hall will feature “Places of Invention,” a signature 3,500 square-foot exhibition examining hotspots of invention throughout history; Draper Spark!Lab, a hands-on space for children aged 6 to 12; and “Inventive Minds,” a small gallery that will introduce the work of the Lemelson Center.

Grand Opening Week: Innovation Wing July 1 - 5 Calendar of Events

The Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History is transforming how its audiences will experience history beginning July 1 when it opens exhibitions, learning places and programming spaces all centered on the theme of innovation. The first floor of the museum’s West Wing will open with 45,000-square-feet featuring exhibitions that explore the history of American business, showcase “hot spots” of invention and put the spotlight on the National Numismatic Collection.

Connecting objects with place: 5 stories of innovation from "Object Project"

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National Museum of American History Innovates with West Exhibition Wing

The Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History plans to transform how its audiences experience history by creating a multiplex of exhibition galleries, experiential programs and performance spaces and an education center within a 120,000-square-foot wing of its 50-year-old McKim, Mead and White designed building.
 
The wing’s first floor will open July 1, 2015, with the second and third floors opening in 2016 and 2017.

Smithsonian Highlights Innovative Communities across America

The Smithsonian’s Lemelson Center for the Study of Invention and Innovation announces six new grants, doubling participation in its groundbreaking collaborative exhibition project, “Places of Invention,” set to open at the National Museum of American History in 2015.

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