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National Inventors Hall of Fame

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Address: 600 Dulany St, Alexandria, VA 22314-5790
Phone Number: 571-272-0095
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Nice museum

Very informative and the staff are helpful. Nice break in the day. It takes about an hour to go through.

4 of 5 starsReviewed 3 days ago
heather t
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Holyoke
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Holyoke
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW 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 stars Reviewed May 19, 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 stars Reviewed March 16, 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 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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California
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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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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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