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“A unique museum”

National Inventors Hall of Fame
Ranked #28 of 88 things to do in Alexandria
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Owner description: Visit us and marvel at the ingenuity of mankind! The portraits in our Portrait Gallery spontaneously come to life, engaging in humorous banter about the history and importance of America's intellectual property protection system. Our short film, "Extraordinary Innovation", looks at the importance of intellectual property in sports and showcases how ideas effect our daily lives. Our rotating main exhibit has covered everything from food to shoes and features a number of interactive and engaging displays. Our Inductees to the Hall of Fame are represented throughout our exhibitions and are honored on a monumental wall, which features a kiosk full of information about the Inductees and their inventions. We also have occasional special exhibits about individuals and groups that have made significant contributions to the world through their intellectual property. And, for those who like to shop, the Museum Store features an interesting mix of USPTO merchandise and inventive products.
Fort Worth, Texas
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145 reviews
38 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 51 helpful votes
“A unique museum”
Reviewed 17 September 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.

Visited November 2011
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Lexington, Massachusetts
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14 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
“Fun”
Reviewed 16 September 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 is a well stocked gift shop to purchase a souvenir from.

Along with the museum, while we were there they had a great exhibit on the first floor of the building commemorating Steve Job(R.I.P). It was probably 30 giant iPhones that had Apple Inc.'s Patent's and Trademark's in them. Lastly, you can fill out some paperwork and get a free badge that allows you to look through the records in the Patent and Trademark Office. Overall it was a great experience!

Visited November 2011
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florida
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152 reviews
34 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 66 helpful votes
“Minimalist!...Disappointed in the experience.”
Reviewed 26 July 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 difficult.

Visited August 2011
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Denver, Colorado
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11 reviews
6 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
“Not worth it”
Reviewed 16 July 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 we hadn't gone to a big effort to get there. The DC/Alexandria area has many more interesting sites to see than this.

Visited July 2012
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DC
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217 reviews
66 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 61 helpful votes
“Great free museum”
Reviewed 24 June 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.

Visited June 2012
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