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U.S. Patent and Trademark Museum

Neighborhood: Eisenhower East
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Address: 600 Dulany St., Alexandria, VA
Phone Number: 571-272-0095

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PTO Museum Worth Visiting

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... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed June 30, 2014
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Alexandria, Virginia
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Alexandria, Virginia
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11 reviews 11 reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
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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26 reviews 26 reviews
3 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
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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80 reviews 80 reviews
6 attraction reviews
27 helpful votes 27 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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124 reviews 124 reviews
38 attraction reviews
48 helpful votes 48 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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14 reviews 14 reviews
3 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 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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88 reviews 88 reviews
26 attraction reviews
44 helpful votes 44 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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9 reviews 9 reviews
4 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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112 reviews 112 reviews
28 attraction reviews
31 helpful votes 31 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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351 reviews 351 reviews
93 attraction reviews
127 helpful votes 127 helpful votes
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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57 reviews 57 reviews
15 attraction reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
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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