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National Inventors Hall of Fame

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Address: 600 Dulany St, Alexandria, VA 22314-5790
Phone Number: +1 571-272-0095
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Excellent small museum that has fascinating information regarding inventors and their patents.

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... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 19 October 2016
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Cleveland, Ohio

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Springfield, Virginia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

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!

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Cleveland, Ohio
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4 of 5 bubbles 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.

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Alexandria, Virginia
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1 of 5 bubbles 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

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Alexandria, Virginia
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5 of 5 bubbles 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 

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Holyoke
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4 of 5 bubbles 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.

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Tampa, Florida
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 May 2016

About 2 blocks from the King Street metro in Alexandria, VA (1/2 block walk from the Westin Hotel). Lots of good information. Nice talk with the staff! Free (admission). You can eat in the US Patent and Trademark Office (just downstairs from the hall of fame). They have a nice breakfast and lunch (at good prices...Alexandra restaurant prices can be... More 

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Alexandria, Virginia
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 March 2016

We tried 3 times before finally getting in to this museum. The US Patent and Trademark Office has multiple office buildings in the Carlyle complex, and the cornerstone is 600 Dulany, with it's 12-story atrium and Inventors Hall of Fame in the lobby. The exhibits are fascinating, as you would expect with the topic. More people would come if it... More 

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Ashland, Oregon
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 December 2015

Walkable destination from metro and train stations, though the route is a little convoluted. There's a museum or sorts which was closed when I was there, unexpectedly so. The patent center is a huge complex. Will see more next time

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California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 October 2015

A few blocks from our hotel, Embassy Suites Old Town Alexandria, my husband and I walked to the museum. The exhibits are worthwhile viewing. The visit will be around 30 minutes because the room is not super large.

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Carlisle
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 September 2015

Read about this museum (Inventors Hall Of Fame) in the "Things to do..." magazine so checked it out last weekend! Not huge, but pretty interesting being able to check out known inventors as well as learn about some you might not have known. Also information on most recent inductees to the Hall of fame!

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