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Smithsonian to open new wing celebrating American innovation

Smithsonian's National Museum of American History.
Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History. Image by Ted Eytan / CC BY-SA 2.0

Innovation and business are key to the American story, and as of the first of July the Smithsonian is recognising this by opening a new space dedicated to the history of business in America. The 40,000-sq-ft Innovation Wing is opening in the Smithsonian National Museum of American History and will feature objects, images, video and interactive exhibits. The American Enterprise section will look at the history of business in the US through four chronological eras with artefacts such as Eli Whitney’s cotton gin, Alexander Graham Bell’s early telephone devices and Alfred Bloomingdale’s personal credit card all on display. Read more: travelpulse.com