PHOTOS: National Museum of American History Debuts New Wing First Floor

Check out the National Museum of American History West Wing renovation in this snapshot of what it has to offer.

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The National Museum of American History opened its newly renovated first-floor exhibitions Wednesday -- the same day a 9 1/2-foot by 14-foot American flag was built by visitors out of LEGOs in the first floor lobby.
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Bins of LEGOs lined tables, where anyone could help stack the bricks necessary to complete the American flag. Instructions were provided.
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Anyone who contributed to building the American flag received a free commemorative LEGO brick.
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Workers dressed in their pinwheel-hat finest to help visitors create Lego bricks.
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The 91/2-foot by 14-foot American flag made from Legos will sit outside the museum's front entrance on Constitution Ave throughout the summer. (Artist's rendering)
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A recreation of Pong creator Ralph H. Baer's office welcomes visitors to the newly renovated West Wing.
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Places of Invention features six communities that showcase how surroundings can impact invention, such as Technicolor in Hollywood, California and clean-energy innovations in Fort Collins, Colorado.
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The various exhibits are interactive -- learn how to DJ in the Bronx or build a Macintosh icon in Silicon Valley.
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Visitors can create a computer icon on an old-fashioned Macintosh at the Jerome and Dorothy Lemelson Hall of Invention and Innovation Places of Invention exhibit.
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Visitors can spin and scratch different beats while they learn about the Bronx's influence on hip-hop at the Jerome and Dorothy Lemelson Hall of Invention and Innovation Places of Invention exhibit.
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Discover how technicolor was created and developed in Hollywood.
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Entrance to the Patrick F. Taylor Foundation Object Project.
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Learn about made-to-wear clothing and old-fashioned kitchen technology at the Patrick F. Taylor Foundation Object Project.
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Learn about the history of processed foods and refrigerating technology at the Patrick F. Taylor Foundation Object Project.
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Experience the history of bicycles at the Patrick F. Taylor Foundation Object Project.
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Compete with other visitors and try your hand at a "The Price is Right" styled guessing game the Patrick F. Taylor Foundation Object Project.
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Reanactors ride around and through the exhibition to showcase and explain the beginnings of the Industrial Age at the Patrick F. Taylor Foundation Object Project.
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Kids and their parents can play inventor for the day as Spark!Lab allows children to experiment with combining science and art.
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The popular "Spark!Lab" will offer with new hands-on activities exploring invention. (Artist's rendering)
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The Mars Hall of American Business, American Enterprise takes visitors through the history of American invention, beginning in the 1770s.
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An old-fashioned cashier and other exhibits at the Mars Hall of American Business, American Enterprise exhibition.
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An early tractor showcased at the Mars Hall of American Business, American Enterprise exhibition.
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Popular teen consumer items from the '50s, including a prom dress, and vinyl records at the Mars Hall of American Business, American Enterprise exhibition.
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Different consumer project mascots, such as Tony the Tiger and the Pillsbury Doughboy, and their first merchandise at the Mars Hall of American Business, American Enterprise exhibition.
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A McDonald's outdoor sign from halfway around the globe at the Mars Hall of American Business, American Enterprise exhibition.
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The entrance to the Gallery of Numismatics, The Value of Money exhibition.
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An $100,000 dollar banknote at the Gallery of Numismatics, The Value of Money exhibition.
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This floor plan for the first floor shows the areas that were renovated highlighted in orange.
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