National Inventors Hall of Fame & Museum
US Patent & Trademark Office Museum
This nearly new museum tells the history of the United States patent. Step inside to see where the story started in 1917 in Memphis, TN,...
George Washington Masonic National Memorial
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Freedom House Museum
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Misha’s Coffee Roaster
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Brabo Tasting Room
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600 Dulany St, Madison Bldg · interesting places nearby
National Inventors Hall of Fame & Museum information
This museum, in the atrium of the US Patent and Trademark Office, tells the history of the United States patent. Step inside to see where the story started in 1917 in Memphis, Tennessee, when a wholesale grocer named Clarence Saunders invented and patented what he called ‘self-servicing’ stores, now commonly known as supermarkets.
Incidentally, he went from rags to riches and almost back to rags again, but you’ll have to visit the museum to get the rest of the story, along with displays depicting other famous and influential patents. It is about a third of a mile from the King St Metro station; take Diagonal Rd south to Dulany St.