Tour the National Inventors Hall of Fame Museum Exhibits

American innovation is always evolving — and so is the National Inventors Hall of Fame® Museum. Celebrating hundreds of exceptional U.S. patent holders and welcoming a new class of Inductees each year, our museum offers dynamic exhibits and interactive experiences designed to ignite the innovative spirit in visitors of all ages.

Experience Our Inspiring Core Exhibits

Gallery of Icons

Begin your visit with the Gallery of Icons, where you’ll see an extraordinary display of icons commemorating each of the more than 600 Inductees we’ve welcomed since our founding in 1973. Hung in a tessellating hexagon pattern inspired by honeycombs and organized by patent number, this is a stunning visual representation of the history of American innovation.

2024 Class of Inductees

Meet the newest class of Inductees, recognized in partnership with the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO). Learn about the work of creators and innovators like Andrea Goldsmith, inventor of adaptive beamforming for multi-antenna Wi-Fi; Asad Madni, inventor of the MEMS gyroscope for aerospace and automotive safety; and James Allison, inventor of immune checkpoint blockade therapy.

Programs Room

Redefining what a Hall of Fame can be and do, we reach beyond the walls of our museum to inspire the next generation of creators, innovators and entrepreneurs. The Programs Room introduces visitors to our nationwide learning opportunities for PreK through college, designed to unlock creative potential through hands-on exploration and valuable lessons from our Inductees.

Inductee Video Room

For the inside story of innovation, step into the Inductee Video Room. See unique interviews with some of the world’s greatest inventors and get a glimpse into our Inductees’ personal stories, in their own words.

Women in Innovation

Witness powerful interviews with women and girls in STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) when you visit this exhibit sponsored by Qualcomm. As you learn about lifesaving breakthroughs and world-changing inventions, you’ll see how greater diversity in patenting contributes to the innovation economy.

Breaking Barriers: Honoring Extraordinary Black Inventors

Reflect on the stories of National Inventors Hall of Fame Inductees and more barrier-breaking innovators who have shaped our country and our world. You’ll find visionaries including Inductee Thomas Jennings, the first Black inventor to be awarded a U.S. patent; Madam C. J. Walker, the groundbreaking inventor, entrepreneur, philanthropist and activist; and Heman Bekele, the inspiring 2023 3M Young Scientist Challenge winner who is developing a soap that could treat skin cancer.

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Champions of Innovation

Meet the team of inventors behind the revolutionary Jogbra®: the world’s first sports bra. Inductees Lisa Lindahl, Hinda Miller and Polly Smith removed a barrier to women’s participation in athletics, advanced women’s health and launched a global industry. This exhibit, sponsored by Champion, explores their lasting impact and tells the story of the Champion brand, giving women the confidence and support to reach their goals.

Connectivity Changes Everything

Trace the evolution of wireless technology from the breakthroughs that power your smartphone to the everything-connected world of 5G at this exhibit sponsored by Qualcomm. You’ll see how National Inventors Hall of Fame Inductees, including Qualcomm co-founders Irwin Jacobs and Andrew Viterbi and actress-inventor Hedy Lamarr, contributed to a more connected world.

50 Years of Automotive Design and Technology

Climb inside a car that merges Ford Mustang models from 1965 and 2015 to see and feel the evolution of automotive design and technology. This one-of-a-kind, interactive exhibit showcases 50 years of iconic innovation.

The Power of Trademarks

Discover the value of intellectual property when you visit this exhibit, made possible by the USPTO and International Trademark Association (INTA). See artifacts showing the evolution of brands like Carhartt, Hershey’s and Major League Baseball, try to tell the difference between genuine and counterfeit products, and test your knowledge with interactive trademark games.

Don't Miss Our Limited-Time Exhibits

HoloTile Floor

Be inspired by this amazing prototype of HoloTile floor technology! The Walt Disney Company’s most prolific inventor, 2024 Inductee Lanny Smoot co-created the world's first and only multi-person, omni-directional, modular, expandable treadmill floor. Watch how it allows people to share a virtual reality experience, letting them move in any direction without ever walking off its surface.

Nomex Flight Suit

See a flight suit made with Nomex® fiber, made possible by 2024 Inductee Alice Stoll, who was a pioneer in aerospace medicine and a researcher at the Naval Air Development Center. Her work led to the use of fibers like Nomex to make fire-resistant clothing, keeping people safe from thermal burns in the U.S. Armed Forces, fire departments and more.

A Legacy of Innovation

On loan from the family of 2023 Inductees Louis and Cyril Keller, see the Keller brothers’ 1958 prototype of the world’s first compact loader. As you view this forerunner to the Bobcat® skid-steer loader, discover a rich history of intellectual property and imagine the future of the compact equipment industry.

Human Engineering

Feel the difference made by the patented wheelchair pushrim developed by 2023 Inductee Rory Cooper, founder of the Human Engineering Research Laboratories (HERL). When you visit this interactive exhibit, you’ll discover how Cooper and HERL are prototyping an equitable today and innovating a better tomorrow.

Invention: The Sky is the Limit

Feel the rush of a virtual skydive! Inspired by Inductee Floyd Smith, the daring trapeze artist and aviator who invented the modern parachute, this exhilarating exhibit gives you the chance to experience a freefall, deploy a parachute and enjoy a safe landing.

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