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U.S. Patent and Trademark Museum

600 Dulany St., Alexandria, VA (Eisenhower East)
571-272-0095
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Ranked #30 of 37 attractions in Alexandria
Type: Specialty Museums
Most recent review
- Jun 25, 2013
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English first
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38 reviews 38 reviews
3 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 25, 2013 via mobile

This is a really fun little museum in the US Patent and Trademark Office. The highlight is a portrait gallery where the historical photos on the wall "come alive" and have an amusing dialog about the role of protecting intelllectual property in America from the founding fathers thru Thomas Edison to current inventors. Their exhibit theme changes on occasion but... More

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Alexandria, Virginia
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28 attraction reviews
39 helpful votes 39 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 17, 2012

The US Patent and Trademark building is beautiful. This is a very unique and interesting museum that pretty much affects everyone and the neat gadgets they own.

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Lexington, Massachusetts
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16 reviews 16 reviews
4 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2012

While we were in Washington, D.C for Thanksgiving we decided to visit the U.S Patent and Trademark Office. This museum is in the Patent and Trademark building, which is pretty cool. The museum is a little small but still full of information. There is interactive stuff to play with as well as videos to watch. When you are done, there... More

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florida
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57 reviews 57 reviews
9 attraction reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2012

The building housing the museum is awesome and worth taking a look while there. HOWEVER the museum itself is the size of a gift shop...which has a gift shop in it. Minimum tiny exhibits and presentations. No exhibits jumped out at me that shouted "Wow or Cool." I was disappointed in the experience. Would NOT go again. Parking can be... More

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Denver, Colorado
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8 reviews 8 reviews
3 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2012

My husband and I visited this "museum" last week. It only has one theme per year in a small space -- with a gift shop, of course. If you are in the area and have less than 1 hour to kill, then maybe this is worth a visit. We were able to walk there from our hotel, so at least... More

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DC
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23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 24, 2012

Small and off the beaten path, the US Patent and Trademark museum is close to the metro at King Street. It is a great diversion off the normal tourist path and offers rotating exhibits. Add in a stop in Old Town with plenty of eating establishments and other activities.

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Fairfax, Virginia
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 19, 2012

This is off the beaten path (away from the other museums), but if you find yourself at the foot of Old Town Alexandria, it's worth a stop. The exhibits are interesting and we learned a lot, but there just wasn't much here.

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Pearl River
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 5, 2012

Somewhat let down by the museum. The displays of various items were interesting but the videos and such were all hype about "how you too can become and inventor" but did not detail the process to obtain a patent. The video at the start of the museum is superb with Thomas Jefferson, TAE, and several others talking as contemporaries. Small... More

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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23 reviews 23 reviews
8 attraction reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 31, 2011

I am a scientist, so I love this stuff! Fun, interesting, interactive museum which highlights various inventions in our daily lives. Currently has large display about Steve Job's APPLE patents. Occastionally, US Patent & Trademark Office has special events: for kids (toy design camp) and kids-of-all-ages (Trademark Fair) and whole community (USPTO Community Day).

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VA
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 22, 2011

It is a small museum and has little on display, but what there is is nice and the building is architecturally interesting.

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