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The National Museum of American History Opens Innovation Wing

Destination & Tourism | Tom Bastek | June 30, 2015

The National Museum of American History Opens Innovation Wing

Photo courtesy of the National Museum of American History

This week the National Museum of American History is opening its brand new Innovation Wing with flair and fanfare. The official opening is Wednesday, July 1 with music performances, demonstrations and of course the much-needed official ribbon cutting. There will even be LEGO Builders on hand to help build the world's largest American flag out of the building bricks.

The new west wing has many areas that will be debuted on the first of the month including:

American Enterprise - chronicling the tumultuous interaction of capitalism and democracy in the business of this country

Fantastic Worlds: Science and Fiction 1780-1910 - where guests will learn about how newspaper hoaxes, works of popular science, novels, and more exposed the public to new ideas

Inventing in America - a collaboration with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office that will focus on inventions and innovators of the past and present

Inventive Minds - a gallery which will introduce visitors to the mission and work of the Lemelson Center for the Study of Invention and Innovation, and its efforts to document invention.

Mr. Wizard – a Temporary exhibit from the Museum’s archives features a selection of personal papers, files and other items belonging to the late Don Herbert (Mr. Wizard).

Object Project – a learning space featuring “everyday things that changed everything, exploring how people, innovative things, and social change shaped life as we know it.”

Places of Invention – a visitor’s journey through time and place across America to discover the stories of how people lived and died all in the pursuit of something new.

Spark!Lab – where the museum invites children between the ages of 6 and 12 to create, collaborate, explore, test, experiment, and invent through activities which incorporate traditional science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) with art, museum, and creativity.

The Value of Money – visitors delve into the National Numismatic Collection to explore the origins of money, new monetary technologies, the political and cultural messages money conveys, numismatic art and design, and the practice of collecting money.

The 45,000-square-foot space is open for summer hours now from 10 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. every day except on July 4 when they close at 5:30 p.m.

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