Fifty Years of Lasers

March 5, 2010 – May 28, 2012

National Museum of American History
14th Street and Constitution Avenue, NW
Washington, DC

Artifact Walls near the Constitution Ave. Entrance Floor Plan

During 1960, scientists in the U.S. invented three different types of lasers. Since then many other lasers have been developed and adopted for a range of uses. This case features objects from the inventors on the occasion of the 50th anniversary of this important invention. Also displayed are objects representing both practical and entertaining uses of lasers, including a laser disc player.