The National Inventors Hall of Fame (NIHF) and Museum was re-opened during a gala ceremony Wednesday, May 21, 2014. More than 300 guests attended the celebration for the 2014 inductees into the newly redesigned hall of fame.
Deputy Director Michelle K. Lee presided over the induction ceremony with special guests from the White House, the National Science Foundation, the Embassy of India, and the Department of Commerce. This year's inductees are responsible for breakthroughs in 3D printing, water purification, athletic shoes, diabetes treatment, computers, and submarine torpedo countermeasures. For more information on this years inductees, go to NIHF.
The National Inventors Hall of Fame and Museum is located in the atrium of the United States Patent and Trademark Office's Madison Building, 600 Dulany Street, Alexandria, Va., and is easily accessible from the King Street and Eisenhower Avenue Metro stations.
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The museum is open from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Friday and Saturdays from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. The museum is closed Sundays, Mondays, and federal holidays. We encourage visitors to visit the Gallery of Icons and the interactive kiosks that provide information about the world's greatest patented innovations and the men and women who invented them.
In 2009, the National Inventors Hall of Fame moved from Akron, Ohio to the United States Patent and Trademark campus in Alexandria, Virginia and became part of the USPTO Museum. There is also a gift shop.
School and group tours are welcome at the museum. Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org or the Office of the Chief Communications Officer at 571-272-8400 at least two weeks ahead of time to schedule a tour.
Information packets about patents and trademarks may be requested from the USPTO Contact Center (UCC).