National Inventors Hall of Fame and Museum


The National Inventors Hall of Fame (NIHF) is located on the United States Patent and Trademark Office campus in Alexandria, Va. Experience the gallery of icons illustrating each of the 500+ Inductees and their great technological achievements that helped stimulate growth for our nation and beyond. NIHF inspires the next generation of innovators by connecting them through the story of invention. Families and groups can interact with and explore our kiosks and archives during their visit.

On May 5, the museum reopened after extensive renovations and expansion. New exhibits feature the 2015 & 2016 NIHF Inductees, the history of the patent office and patent examiners, and Intellectual Property Power. This interactive exhibit celebrates the story of intellectual property and illuminates its significance to progress, innovation, and culture. This experience features installations from the George Eastman Museum, Qualcomm, and the Ford Motor Company, with a one-of-a-kind 1965/ 2015 Ford Mustang (see video below), to illustrate how trademarks and patented material make modern amenities possible.

Your Visit

The National Inventors Hall of Fame and Museum reopened May 5 after extensive updates and expansion.

The NIHF Museum is completely free and open to the public. It 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.

The museum is open Monday to Friday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Saturdays from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. The museum is closed Sundays and federal holidays. There is a gift shop.

Please check our location page to obtain information about local mass transportation systems, to view a larger area map, and to obtain driving and parking directions.


NIHF was founded in 1973 by the USPTO and the National Council of Patent Law Associations, now the National Council of Intellectual Property Law Associations.

Previously located in Akron, Ohio, the NIHF Museum was moved in 2008 to the campus of the USPTO in Alexandria, Va. The museum is run by the nonprofit, Invent Now, in partnership with the USPTO.

Tour Information

School and group tours are welcome at the museum. Please contact or the Office of the Chief Communications Officer at 571-272-8400 at least two weeks ahead of time to schedule a tour.

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