Visit the Lemelson Hall of Invention and Innovation
The National Museum of American History will reopen to the public on Friday, May 21, 2021. We will be open Friday-Tuesday, 11:00 AM-4:00 PM. Free, timed-entry passes will be required for entry and will be available for the National Museum of American History beginning on Friday, May 14, 2021.
Draper Spark!Lab remains temporarily closed.
Reopening information about other Smithsonian museums, their hours of operation, and safety measures in place to protect everyone’s health may be found on the main Smithsonian website.
The Lemelson Hall of Invention and Innovation features:
Draper Spark!Lab, our hands-on invention workshop for children and families. Want to invent at home while Spark!Lab is closed? Check out the DO Try This at Home section of our website!
Places of Invention, an exhibition that explores what can happen when the right mix of inventive people, untapped resources, and inspiring surroundings come together.
Inventive Minds, a changing gallery that highlights the Lemelson Center’s work on documenting inventors.
Location and Hours:
The Lemelson Center, the Lemelson Hall of Invention and Innovation, and Spark!Lab are located at the Smithsonian's National Museum of American History.
Click for visiting information. Hours are subject to change for holidays, inclement weather, and urgent maintenance issues. Please check the museum calendar for updates.
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