Throughout history there have been countless inventions
that have changed the way we live. The National Inventors
Hall of Fame in Akron Ohio is
an organization that celebrates the achievements made
by men and women who have acted as the cornerstone to
amazing technological advancements making economic, social
and human progress
Originally founded in 1973, the National Inventors Hall
of Fame moved it's main branch from Washington
D.C. in to Akron Ohio in 1995. Housed in an architecturally
unique building, the foundation features exhibits and
biographies about the inductees and has an assortment
of permanent exhibits that offer many things to do of
an interactive nature.
Visitors to the National Inventors Hall of Fame can experiment with mixing color, composition and translucence in fiber optics in the interactive Fiber Optic display. Kids Play is another exhibit designed for children ages seven and under to experiment with light, gears, sound and hydrolics. Inspiration for inventions lies in the Make It Area for visitors.
Embodying and encouraging the inventors character and spirit is the underlying goal of the Inventors Hall of Fame. It sponsors a variety of programs that provide opportunities for young and old alike. The Collegiate Inventors Competition is for college students and Club Invention is a program for kids out of school. There is a also fantastic summer curriculum for kids called Camp Invention to inspire young inventors to think outside the box and come up with their own unique and creative designs and contraptions.
Hall of Fames inventors are instated during a celebration lasting 4 days every year in May. The Hall of Fames inventors become eligible when they hold a US patent for their invention. Their invention also has to meet the criteria of having added to the welfare of humankind and also to have advocated the advancement of useful arts and sciences. Currently there are 313 inductees at the National Inventors Hall of Fame.
The museum inside the Inventors Hall of Fame highlights and celebrates the achievements of inventors over the years. Through interactive exhibits and activities the museum provides excellent educational programs that attract people's inner inventive spirit. Technological novelties, labor and life saving tools can all be seen and explored in more depth. Spend hours roaming throughout the museum discovering incredible and genius exhibits.
Most Akron hotels provide easy access to the National
Inventors Hall of Fame. Transportation can be found by
city bus, taxi or make the easy drive to Broadway street
if you have your own vehicle. The museum is also a short
drive from Canton. Being in Ohio,
check out some of the Ohio Hall of Fames inventors that
are featured at the museum such as Harvey Firestone who
invented the pneumatic tire, Garret Morgan who invented
the traffic light and Henry Timken who's invention
was the roller bearing.
Visit the museum from Wednesday to Saturday between 10:00am and 4:30 pm. On Thanksgving, Christmas Eve, Christmas, New Years Day and July 4th the museum is closed. The Hall of Fame Induction events in May also see the museum closed for four days. Adult admission is $8.75, $6.75 for children under 18 and seniors admission is $7.75. A family ticket goes for $29.00 but check prices before buying tickets.
With a visit to the Inventors Hall of Fame in Ohio something inside you is sure to be woken up. Many people begin seeing possibilities in all those "silly" inventions they once thought of. Evoke your inner inventor and start working on your own invention after an encouraging visit to the museum!