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National Inventors Hall of Fame Museum


National Inventors Hall of Fame, Akron Ohio

National Inventors Hall of Fame, Akron Ohio

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The National Inventors Hall of Fame Museum (NIHF), in Akron Ohio, was founded in 1973 and honors the men and women inventors who are responsible for great technological advances. Each May, the museum honors its new class of inductees.

Update July, 2012 - The NIHF museum has moved to Alexandria, VA.


The National Inventors Hall of Fame Museum was founded in 1973 by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office and the National Council of Intellectual Property Law Association. Originally located in Washington D.C, the Hall of Fame moved to its Akron location in 1995. The museum moved to Alexandria in 2011.

The Museum:

The Hall of Fame Museum features biographies and exhibits about all of the inductees as well as a variety of permanent interactive exhibits, including Fiber Optic, where visitors can experiment with color mixing, translucence, and composition in fiber optics; Make It Area, a workshop filled with invention-inspiring resources; and Kids Play, designed for children under 7 to experiment with gears, hydraulics, light, and sound.

In addition, the museum hosts a full schedule of temporary exhibits. Recent shows have included "Environmental Explorations" and "Psychology: it's More than you think!"


In addition to the exhibits, the National Inventors Hall of Fame sponsors a number of activities that embody the inventive spirit. Among these are Camp Invention, a summer program for kids; Club Invention, an out-of-school program for kids; and the Collegiate Inventors Competition.

The Inductees:

Each May, the National Inventors Hall of Fame inductees its new class of honorees, during a four-day celebration. In order to be eligible for induction, inventors must hold a US patent and the invention must have contributed to the welfare of mankind and have promoted the progress of science and the useful arts. There are currently 470 inductees.

Notable Ohio Inventors:

Among the Northeast Ohioans inducted into the National Inventors Hall of Fame are:
  • Charles Brush -- arc light
  • Thomas Alva Edison -- incandescent electric light
  • Harvey Firestone -- pneumatic tire
  • George Hulett -- Hulett loading and unloading machines
  • Garrett Morgan -- inventor of the traffic light and gas mask
  • Henry Timken -- roller bearings
  • Alexander Winton -- contributions to automobile, bicycle, and diesel technology

(Last updated 7-13-12)

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