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    Drawing on Brilliance

    Presented by at Charles River Museum of Industry & Innovation

    March 15 - October 15, 2013


    Drawing on Brilliance

    This exhibit offers official patent documents from the United States Patent and Trademark Office capturing the intricacy and elegance of the country’s great inventing minds, including Edison, Tesla, Bell, the Wright Brothers, and many more. As the world’s oldest organization dedicated to registering and protecting intellectual property, the Patent and Trademark Office is charged with safeguarding inventors’ legal rights. Over the years, legal and political battles, theft, vandalism, war, and fire have threatened the office’s important mission. But through it all, the Patent and Trademark Office has continued to champion the cause of innovation and catalog our nation’s technological history for future generations. Exhibiting early American innovations to modern medical wonders, Drawing on Brilliance takes exhibition visitors on a journey through generations of inventing minds. The exhibit chronicles how one office shaped our nation and gave birth to such organizations as the Smithsonian Institution, the American Red Cross and the Department of Agriculture. Through short biographies of Hedy Lamarr, Walt Disney — even Michael Jackson — and others, Drawing on Brilliance drives home the idea that everyone is a potential inventor. Drawing on Brilliance features evocative graphics, patent models, historic artifacts, interactive exhibits, and thoughtful commentary on the process of innovation in the United States. 

    Charles River Museum of Industry & Innovation

    154 Moody Street
    Waltham, MA 02354

    Full map and directions

    Admission Info:

    $7 for adults, $5 for children ages 6-12 and seniors. Children under 6, active and retired military, and CRMII members are free.

    General Day and Time Info:

    Check website as Museum closes early from time to time for private functions

    Phone: 781-893-5410

    Accessibility Information: Currently, no accessibility information is available for this event.

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