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National Inventors Hall of Fame

600 Dulany St, Alexandria, VA 22314-5790
+1 571-272-0095
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For 'How does it Work?' geeks!

I like the National Inventors Hall of Fame in the Carlyle neighborhood of Alexandria VA! Filled... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Interesting Place to Celebrate and Learn About Inventors, but a Bit Small

We were visiting Old Town in Alexandria and stumbled across this hidden gem near our hotel. It is... read more

Reviewed 7 August 2017
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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 2 weeks ago

I like the National Inventors Hall of Fame in the Carlyle neighborhood of Alexandria VA! Filled with 'How does this work' type factoids. The folding wing system, pioneered on the Grumman F4F-4 Wildcat, was worked out using a paper clip and a rubber eraser. Who...More

Thank DJLangston
Reviewed 7 August 2017

We were visiting Old Town in Alexandria and stumbled across this hidden gem near our hotel. It is in the US Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) - which is a nice building in and of itself - and celebrates and provides information on inventors. There...More

Thank JamesSMc
Reviewed 23 July 2017

It is a little out of the way, but worth it. Love a free museum and it was really interesting. We spent a little over an hour and really enjoyed it.

Thank lisa0916
Reviewed 27 June 2017

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

2  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
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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