Patent Model

The Rothschild Petersen Patent Model Museum is the largest privately-owned collection of United States patent models in the world, containing over 4000 patent models and related documents. Learn More »

Smithsonian American Art Museum
Inventing a Better Mousetrap: 200 Years of American History in the Amazing World of Patent Models
Youtube Video - a conversation with Alan Rothschild
Exhibits at sites across the United States
WETA Panel Discussion

25 Patent Models Donated to the Smithsonian American Art Museum

Our Book: Inventing a Better Mousetrap: 200 Years of American History in the Amazing World of Patent Models

Webcast: A Conversation with Alan Rothschild at the Smithsonian American Art Museum

An interactive map of our traveling exhibts at museums across the United States

Video: WETA-TV Panel Discussion of Smithsonian American Art Museum Exhibit

The Models

Browse our extensive collection of patent models from the 18th and 19th centuries: search by inventor, view original patents, and more.

The Models

Visit Us

Find when our traveling exhibit - at dozens of museums throughout the United States through 2014 - lands near you.

Exhibits

In the News

Coverage of our models and exhibitions from the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Wired, and more.

Smithsonian Exhibition