Hands-On Invention Learning

Spark!Lab is the brainchild of the Lemelson Center for the Study of Invention and Innovation in the Smithsonian Institution. The exhibit will allow children and families to create, collaborate, explore, test, experiment, problem solve and invent. Activities include traditional science, technology, engineering and math (STEM), with art, history and creativity. The hands-on activities provides visitors with opportunities to explore the invention process and their own inventiveness; and demonstrate the central role that invention plays in American history and today.


A world in which everyone is inventive and inspired to contribute to innovation.


To engage, educate, and empower the public to participate in technological, economic, and social change.

What Will Spark!Lab Bring to Holland?

Holland’s history is full of innovators, entrepreneurs, and inventors. There is much to be learned from our past successes and to continue to build on them for the future. Ask any educator about STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) or STEAM when you add art (history and creativity), and they will explain that there are skills every child should learn to be prepared for the future. Spark!Lab is an ideal fit for the Holland Museum because it showcases Holland’s history of innovation and invention, but also demonstrates how it can be part of Michigan’s future as well.

The experiences experienced through Spark!Lab™ empowers kids to develop
the skills and confidence they need to succeed today and in the future.

Spark!Lab Hours

  • Monday:          Open the 2nd Monday of each month, 4:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
  • Tuesday:          Closed
  • Wednesday:    12:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.
  • Thursday:        12:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.
  • Friday:             12:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.
  • Saturday:         11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
  • Sunday (mid-May-September only): 12:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.


In the News

Get Hands-On at Spark!Lab  |  West Michigan Women  |  Sarah Suydam, Staff Writer for West Michigan Woman  |  September 5, 2018

Spark!Lab Grand Opening Celebrations  |  Holland Museum  |  August 8, 2018

Smithsonian Spark!Lab Opens in Holland Museum  |  Fox 17 News  |  August 3, 2018

Interactive Spark!Lab Opens at Holland Museum  |  Holland Sentinel  |  Sydney.Smith / @hollandsentinel.com  | August 3, 2018

LISTEN NOW!  WGVU Morning Show host, Shelly Irwin, put the spotlight on the Holland Museum and the Smithsonian Spark!Lab as she chatted with Ricki Levine, Executive Director of Holland Museum  | July 27, 2018

Spark!Lab Coming to Holland Museum”  |  Holland Sentinel  |  Sydney.Smith / @hollandsentinel.com  | April 13, 2018


Sponsorship Opportunities

If you are interested in Smithsonian Spark!Lab sponsorship opportunities, please contact either:

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