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http://openiconlibrary.sourceforge.net/gallery2/?./Icons/categories/applications-internet-5.png Places of Invention »
Planning is underway for Places of Invention, a new, interactive, family-friendly exhibition for the Lemelson Hall of Invention at the Smithsonian's National Museum of American History. And we invite you to become part of our exhibition team!
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Plastic skeleton with implants Inventing Ourselves »
Learn how invention has enhanced human performance from peg legs to artificial hearts.
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Electric guitars The Invention of the Electric Guitar »
Rock 'n roll through the invention story of one of the most popular instruments in American music.
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Ad for Evans Streamlined Auto-Railers

Doodles, Drafts, and Designs »
Explore industrial drawings that document inventors' thoughts, organization, work, and production.

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Inventor David Gittens Innovative Lives »
Meet inventors and middle school students from our "Innovative Lives" programs.
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Mina and Thomas Edison Edison Invents »
Find out about Edison's life and
inventions through our interactive game--then make your own light bulb!
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Pulsar watch The Quartz Watch »
Learn how a watch works while discovering the fascinating stories behind the invention of the quartz watch.
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Dyed cloth Whole Cloth »
Delve into this rich interdisciplinary curriculum that integrates science, technology, and invention with women's, African American, and labor history.
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Exhibitions at the Lemelson Center »
See what's on at the Museum (and check out our past exhibitions, too).
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