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National Inventors Hall of Fame

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Address: 600 Dulany St., Alexandria, VA 22314
Phone Number: 571-272-0095
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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... read more

3 of 5 starsReviewed December 19, 2015
Maureen F
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Ashland, Oregon

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Ashland, Oregon
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 19, 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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 10, 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 stars Reviewed September 28, 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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Thank Sandra R
Alexandria, Virginia, United States
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 9, 2015

A Unique museum telling the story of Regulating invention and monetizing genius.. Support local and stamp out chain sameness whenever you can.

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washington dc
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 9, 2015

It's small and most things there are not worth millions of dollars, but in exchange you walk in and walk around and learn something. Just outside the entrance (In the lobby of Madison Bldg--HQ of Patent Office) is a temporary exhibit on the history of the patent office-- you follow plastic footprints on the floor and walk thru history-- amazingly... More 

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Alexandria, Virginia
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2015

This museum is located in the main Patent and Trademark building a short walk from the King Street Metro. If offers displays about the US Patent system and the contribution patents make to our national well being. It's interesting to see, but should not be on your A-list of things to do in the Washington, DC area.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2015 via mobile

Very nice facilities . I enjoyed the interactive demo. The staff was very informative and helpful  with information on the exhibit.

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New Orleans, Louisiana
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 8, 2015

Less interesting than you might expect, case after case of vaguely worded letters of patent along with inventor's models that you can't see how they work. Yipee!

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Alexandria, Virginia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2014

It's a small museum, but has interesting displays re: things that were patented. Interesting gift gadgets and t-shirts. It is near the King Street Metro and the National Masonic Memorial. I'm a PTO employee, so perhaps I'm biased!

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Mukilteo, Washington
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 25, 2014

Just attended the annual induction of the 2014 class of inventors into the National Inventors Hall of Fame. We were very impressed with the representation of inductees over the years. The museum was reopened on May 22nd after a complete remodel. If you are interested in inventions and the brilliance of inventors, you must visit this small museum.

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