National Inventors Hall of Fame Partners with Google to
Take Museum Digital
• 110 partner institutions from 23 countries will be brought together in the “Once Upon a Try”
project from Google Arts & Culture.
• 247 items and artifacts from the National Inventors Hall of Fame Museum are featured in 10
• 1,800 institutions from 80 countries are featured on the Google Arts & Culture platform.
ALEXANDRIA, Va. – March 6, 2019 – The National Inventors Hall of Fame® (NIHF) Museum and
Google Arts & Culture have partnered to bring the NIHF Museum experience to all corners of the world
“Once Upon a Try” — the largest online exhibition about inventions and discoveries ever curated — will
launch today as a project from the Google Arts & Culture platform.
The goal of this project is to present meaningful digital storytelling that encompasses both the history
and future of innovation to expand reach and create a new audience for these museums’ collections.
While NIHF encourages in-person visits to the museum located outside of Washington, D.C., this
virtual experience will allow visitors to delve into the innovations that shaped America anytime,
Stories from NIHF Inductees such as Frances
Ligler, inventor of Portable Optical Biosensors,
and Marshall Jones, inventor of Industrial Lasers,
are highlighted in the NIHF Museum’s collection,
showcasing their careers as successful inventors
— with hopes of inspiring the next generation of
“We are excited to be a part of this platform.
Invention and intellectual property are at the
center of progress and quality of life in our
nation, and this partnership with Google will
allow a new audience to access our museum on
a global scale,” said NIHF CEO Michael J. Oister.
“Once Upon a Try” contains more than 400
interactive exhibits that pay tribute to
humanity’s greatest leaps in science and
technology progress, and the visionaries that
shaped our world, as well as tales of epic fails and happy accidents.
“We invite everyone to participate in the first phase of an online collection that celebrates innovation
and science. Through inspiring, and at times surprising, stories from over 100 partners, you can
explore the inventions and discoveries that have shaped our world. ‘Once Upon a Try’ is all about that
first attempt, the idea, the journey of fulfilling a dream, and we hope it’ll give people that extra boost
to find their very own eureka moment,” said Amit Sood, director of Google Arts & Culture.
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
The free Google Arts & Culture app is available for download worldwide on iOS and Android devices, as
well as being accessible online, boasting 50 million annual users.
ABOUT GOOGLE CULTURAL INSTITUTE
Google Arts & Culture puts the collections of more than 1,800 museums at your fingertips. It’s an
immersive way to explore art, history and the wonders of the world, from Van Gogh’s bedroom
paintings to the women’s rights movement and the Taj Mahal. The Google Arts & Culture app is free
and available online for iOS and Android. Our team has been an innovation partner for cultural
institutions since 2011. We develop technologies that help preserve and share culture and allow
curators to create engaging exhibitions online and offline, inside museums. Read about our latest
projects on the Google Keyword blog.
ABOUT THE NATIONAL INVENTORS HALL OF FAME
The National Inventors Hall of Fame (NIHF) is the premier nonprofit organization in America dedicated
to recognizing inventors and invention, promoting creativity, and advancing the spirit of innovation
and entrepreneurship. Founded in 1973 in partnership with the United States Patent and Trademark
Office, NIHF is committed to not only honoring the individuals whose inventions have made the world
a better place, but to ensuring American ingenuity continues to thrive in the hands of coming
generations through its national, hands-on educational programming and collegiate competitions
focused on the exploration of science, technology, engineering and mathematics. The National
Inventors Hall of Fame Museum is a Smithsonian Affiliate. For more information, visit invent.org. To
nominate an inventor for Induction, visit invent.org/nominate.
A 1965 and 2015 split-model Ford Mustang at the
NIHF Museum demonstrates how far automotive
technology has come in 50 years.