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National Inventors Hall of Fame

600 Dulany St, Alexandria, VA 22314-5790
+1 571-272-0095
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Interesting and Informative

A close up look to the majority and significant inventions of our time. You can learn a lot about... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
San Juan, Puerto Rico
This was a perfect one hour visit and very interesting.

My family, ages ranged from 81 to 7 really enjoyed the visit to this museum. Something for everyone... read more

Reviewed 13 June 2017
Rehoboth Beach, Delaware
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Visit us and marvel at the ingenuity of mankind! The portraits in our Portrait Gallery spontaneously come to life, engaging in humorous banter about the history and importance of America's intellectual property protection system. Our short film, "Extraordinary Innovation", looks at the importance of intellectual property in sports and showcases how ideas effect our daily lives. Our rotating main exhibit has covered everything from food to shoes and features a number of interactive and engaging displays. Our Inductees to the Hall of Fame are represented throughout our exhibitions and are honored on a monumental wall, which features a kiosk full of information about the Inductees and their inventions. We also have occasional special exhibits about individuals and groups that have made significant contributions to the world through their intellectual property. And, for those who like to shop, the Museum Store features an interesting mix of USPTO merchandise and inventive products.
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600 Dulany St, Alexandria, VA 22314-5790
Eisenhower East
+1 571-272-0095

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

A close up look to the majority and significant inventions of our time. You can learn a lot about inventions, patents and the purpose of them.

Thank JoseManuel2014
Reviewed 13 June 2017

My family, ages ranged from 81 to 7 really enjoyed the visit to this museum. Something for everyone there and I would highly recommend it for an hour's visit.

1  Thank DancingQueen012
Reviewed 10 May 2017 via mobile

This attraction is later within the West Wing of the Madison Building of the US Patent and Trademark Office. It has a nice array of displays explaining invention history and inventors of well known historical inventions. It is a relatively small facility and does not...More

1  Thank jswflights
Reviewed 12 April 2017

This museum highlights inventors you've heard of and many more you've never heard of who invented products or processes that are integral to your life. It's well worth a visit.

1  Thank maicf
Reviewed 11 April 2017

This is a fascinating place that commemorates inventors and inventions in American history. Perfect if you want to take in a little something cool in DC and don't have time (or inclination) to tackle a Smithsonian or other major attraction. You'll be able to soak...More

1  Thank Tracy L
Reviewed 27 February 2017

Had a wonderful time touring this small museum. Learned a lot about trademarks and patents. Workers are very friendly and very knowledgeable. Spent a very enjoyable hour here. Would go again when in the area.

Thank pielady-2
Reviewed 9 February 2017

A little bit out of the way from Old Alexandria, but take the free trolley to the last stop and it's not too far walking. Really interesting regarding a lot of the patents and inventions.

2  Thank browndl63
Reviewed 18 December 2016

The National Inventor's Hall of Fame moved some years ago from Akron, Oh. to the PATENT and TRADE OFFICE in Alexandria. The hall was carved out of the gigantic veranda at the Patent Office. It honors all of our inventor's that help better all of...More

2  Thank Gary S
Reviewed 25 November 2016

This is a free museum, located at the United States Patent and Trademark Office (PTO) campus in Alexandria, Va. It showcases over 500 inventors who have been inducted into NIHF and their great technological achievements. It's a small and unique museum, but worthwhile to see....More

1  Thank DaveHom1796
Reviewed 19 October 2016

This is an interesting, informative small museum that is ideal to visit if you have several hours. We really enjoyed the biographies of the inventors and discussions of their inventions.

1  Thank Traveldisciple
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Jean Georges P
13 June 2017|
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Response from Gary S | Reviewed this property |
There is parking in downtown Alexandria, Va. It is metered. But I would take the metro...very convenient.
22 July 2016|
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Response from Gail E | Reviewed this property |
According to the Patent and Trademark Office's website for this museum, the current hours are 10 am - 5 pm M-F, and 11 am - 3 pm on Saturdays (closed Sundays and on Federal holidays). To be safe, I'd recommending checking... More