Thomas Edison National Historical Park, West Orange

Thomas Edison National Historical Park preserves Thomas Edison's laboratory and residence, Glenmont, in West Orange, Essex County, New Jersey, United States. These were designed, in 1887, by architect Henry Hudson Holly. The Edison laboratories operated for more than 40 years. Out of the West Orange laboratories came the motion picture camera, improved phonographs, sound recordings, silent and sound movies and the nickel-iron alkaline electric storage battery.
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  • We were visiting a friends' houses a few blocks from the Edison museum and out of curiosity, we went to visit the site. We were pleasantly surprised. It's a beautiful place to have fun and learn. In.....  more »
  • Whether you love American history, technology, art/design, or just seeing fascinating STUFF, you'll love walking around the Edison laboratory. From the cubbyholes stuffed with papers in his rolltop...  more »
  • A large historic center where you can see a ton of the inventions. My favorite part was visiting Thomas Edison's personal library. It was extremely ornate, beautiful, and inspiring. You truly felt he could walk in any moment and get to work. It was awesome to see how much space and items they were able to save and preserve. Definitely worth a visit and you can then drive down the road to see his actual home in a private community.
  • Fun to see all historic inventions. It’s good to have a little background knowledge on the site by watching videos in the visitor center. National Park Pass makes visits free. $15 per adult. Descriptions of some things are lacking, so get an audio guide. The audio tour is amazing. I have visited 16 National Park Sites from Maine to Tennessee. This is one of my favorites. Bring a camera. Check out the chemistry building, the Silicon Valley of the 1800s. The factory is big. Audio guide tour takes 45 minutes without extensions. Each audio guide is $2.50. Music room is fun. Check out phonographs on the 3rd floor of the factory.

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