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“PTO Museum Worth Visiting”

National Inventors Hall of Fame
Ranked #27 of 92 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.
Reviewed 30 June 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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Reviewed 25 May 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.

1  Thank escargot42
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Reviewed 25 June 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 it currently features health and exercise devices. With the talking portraits, a fast paced video about entrepreneurs, a visit will take less than an hour. It's a departure from the lame historical static displays often found Federal facilities. This is upbeat and fun.

2  Thank LakeGastonRetired
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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.

1  Thank Sharkswave
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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!

1  Thank LittleMeadeFamily
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