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National Inventors Hall of Fame

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Address: 600 Dulany St, Alexandria, VA 22314-5790
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+1 571-272-0095
10:00 - 17:00
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Mon - Fri 10:00 - 17:00
Sat 11:00 - 03:00

Visit us and marvel at the ingenuity of mankind! The portraits in our...

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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Interesting Museum

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... read more

Reviewed 9 February 2017
Bear, Delaware

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Denver, Colorado
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5 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

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.

Thank maicf
Lake Mary, Florida
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

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 up this experience in an hour or two. You'll learn about inventors, inventions, copyrights and... More 

Thank Tracy L
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 28 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
Bear, Delaware
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
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.

Thank browndl63
West Palm Beach, Florida
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 68 helpful votes
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 our lives. It takes between an hour and 90 minutes to leisurely go thru the... More 

1 Thank Gary S
Springfield, Virginia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 232 helpful votes
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. Highly recommended!

1 Thank DaveHom1796
Cleveland, Ohio
2 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 20 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
Alexandria, Virginia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
Reviewed 20 September 2016 via mobile

Considering the museum celebrates innovation it is simple and uninspiring. It is more like a memorial than a celebration of innovation. Too bad because the patents enabled such economic growth and societal improvements. If your into memorials it's not a bad place to visit although I find a walk in the Wilkes cemetery complex next door more inspiring

Thank fbabbey2
Alexandria, Virginia
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34 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 September 2016

This is a great little museum where you will learn a lot! The museum highlights inventors with a "Hall of Fame" wall but also features interesting profiles on the brilliant people who are changing the world, like the folks who invented bluetooth, synthetic skin, etc. Right now there is a cool display of a 1965 Mustang and a 2015 Mustang... More 

2 Thank Paula K
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 28 July 2016 via mobile

Very informative and the staff are helpful. Nice break in the day. It takes about an hour to go through.

Thank heather t

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