The NIHF Museum is Going Digital!
Starting on March 6, you can travel virtually to the National Inventors Hall of Fame® (NIHF) Museum and explore this National Monument to Innovation™.
“Once Upon a Try – Stories of Inventions and Discoveries”
In 2017, Google Arts & Culture, an online platform that allows the public to access images, artwork and artifacts from museums around the world, formed a partnership with the NIHF Museum as part of the Once Upon a Try project.
To date, Google Arts & Culture has partnered with 1,800 institutions from 80 countries around the world, and 50 million people use the free platform annually.
The goal of Once Upon a Try is to present meaningful digital storytelling that encompasses both the history and future of innovation.
Currently, Google Arts & Culture has projects focusing on a wide range of topics — from black history and culture to deep dives into natural history — and continues to expand every day.
The Once Upon a Try project invites culturally curious online visitors to view the museum anytime, anywhere, telling stories through artifacts, photographs and videos.
Once Upon a Try — the largest online exhibition about inventions and discoveries ever curated — is bringing together more than 110 institutions from 23 countries.
The platform will feature the stories of NIHF Inductees Frances Ligler and Marshall Jones. Jones, inventor of Industrial Lasers, is a pioneering engineer at GE and Ligler, inventor of Portable Optical Biosensors, is a leader in the optical biosensor industry. These Inductees have directly influenced the curriculum of NIHF’s Camp Invention® program.
Eight other exhibits from the NIHF Museum are featured on the platform, including Intellectual Property Power®, where visitors can examine the impact intellectual property has on our everyday lives through a split-model Ford Mustang, photographic advancements, smartphone technology and counterfeit products.
Visit Us Online
The NIHF Museum is free and open to the public. While we encourage in-person visits to our museum in Alexandria, Virginia, we are excited to offer this virtual experience, allowing visitors to explore our museum in a new way. Log on to Google Arts & Culture to check out the Once Upon a Try project and the latest exhibits at the NIHF Museum!