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The award-winning interactive exhibition, 1001 Inventions, opened in the US capital on the 3rd of August 2012, introducing brand new audiences to the Golden Age of Muslim Civilization. Visitors to the National Geographic Museum, just half a mile from the White House, will be given the opportunity to discover the ground-breaking scientific and cultural achievements of this era, from the 7th to the 17th centuries, for six months until the 3rd of February 2013.

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Dr. Diane Perlov (center) and William Harris (right) present the Scribe Clock to Kathryn Kean of National Geographic
(Left to right) Kathryn Kean (VP, National Geographic), receives the “Scribe Clock
from Dr. Diane Perlov (VP, 
CSC) and William Harris (VP, CSC)

“1001 Inventions: Discover the Golden Age of Muslim Civilization” is a blockbuster traveling exhibition that highlights the enormous contribution to science and technology made by men and women of different faiths and cultures who lived in Muslim Civilization.

“Muslim civilization stretched from southern Spain as far as China,” explains Ahmed Salim, Producer and Director of 1001 Inventions. “For a thousand years, scholars built on the ancient knowledge of the Egyptians, Greeks and Romans, making breakthroughs that helped pave the way for the Renaissance. The discoveries made by men and women of different cultures working in Muslim civilization — from automatic machines and medical marvels to astronomical observations and inspiring architecture — have left their mark on the way we live today.”

National Geographic Museum, Washington, DC

1001 Inventions is a global brand that promotes awareness of scientific and cultural achievements from the ‘Golden Age’ of Muslim Civilisation and how those contributions helped build the foundations of our modern world. The 1001 Inventions exhibition was named the Best Touring Exhibition of the Year at the Museums and Heritage Excellence Awards in 2011. This highly interactive exhibition showcases the historic advancements in navigation, medicine, hydraulics, optics, mathematics and more.

“The mission of National Geographic is to spread knowledge of the world and its cultures — past and present,” said Kathryn Keane, Vice President of Exhibitions at the National Geographic Society. “This exhibition is an opportunity to share the fascinating history of Muslim civilization with our audiences and to celebrate great scientific achievement and innovation.”

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Turkish-American TV

1001 Inventions Exhibition at the National Geographic Museum from Turkish-American TV on Vimeo.


Opening Hours

3rd August 2012 through 3rd February 2013*

Monday          10am to 6pm

Tuesday         10am to 6pm

Wednesday    10am to 6pm

Thursday       10am to 6pm

Friday             10am to 6pm

Saturday         10am to 6pm

Sunday           10am to 6pm

*Closed on 25th December


Admission to the 1001 Inventions exhibition is included in Museum admission:

  • Adults – $8
  • Members/Military/Seniors (over 62)/Students/Groups (25+) – $6
  • Children (ages 5-12) – $4
  • School & Youth Groups (18 and under) – Free

National Geographic Museum, Washington DC