American History Museum Opens New Innovation Wing (photos)
The Smithsonian National Museum of American History officially opened its new $63-million Innovation Wing to visitors with special ceremonies July 1. The first floor of the museum’s West Wing contains 12 exhibits across 45,000 square feet that explore the history of American business, featuring "hot spots" of American invention and ingenuity. The new wing also includes a new "Gallery of Numismatics," featuring rarities from the Smithsonian's famous coin and money collection. Opening day featured ceremonial ribbon cutting ceremonies, performances by the Smithsonian Jazz Masterworks Orchestra Quintet and the construction of a nine-foot high American flag sculpture by Lego Master Builders. Younger visitors also participated in hands-on activities in the Draper Spark!Lab.
View our photos from the Grand Opening of the New Innovation Wing by clicking on the photo icons below. (All photos by Jeff Malet)