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Thomas Edison Butchertown House

729 East Washington Street, Louisville, KY
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Ranked #25 of 61 Attractions in Louisville
Type: Architectural Buildings, Landmarks
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33 reviews 33 reviews
11 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 23, 2014 via mobile

This house was almost demolished until the neighbors said that Thomas Edison used to live there. He lived there for a short period of time when he worked for Western Union as a telegrapher. He also conducted experiments there as he did his whole life wherever he lived. It is a small restored 3 room, 1 story house in an... More 

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Chesterfield, MO
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125 attraction reviews
253 helpful votes 253 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 18, 2014

This is a very interesting historical house. Edison was a boarder in the house only for a short time while he worked at a telegraph office downtown. But they have turned into a museum about Edison that is very well done. The man that staffs the museum likes to talk; he lived in the neighborhood, helped save the house and... More 

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Indianapolis, Indiana
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58 helpful votes 58 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 11, 2014

The Thomas Edison House is a hidden gem. It is old, small, four room brick building, not suspicious of its significance. We took a tour and our guide was amazing, very knowledgeable. The room young Thomas Edison rented for about three weeks, is a representation of what the room looked like with period artifacts. The museum occupying the other three... More 

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Greensboro, North Carolina
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9 reviews 9 reviews
7 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2014

The Thomas Edison house is a little scary to get to (not a great neighborhood/street), but it's really fascinating inside! If you are a history buff at all, you will enjoy a visit here. The tour guides are passionate about Thomas Edison, and will give you LOTS of information on the exhibits. Well worth the $5.

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Enola, Pennsylvania
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26 reviews 26 reviews
9 attraction reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 27, 2014

My husband was not too interested in visiting this spot when he saw what the outside looked like, but I convinced him to try it and he was glad he did. we had our own private tour of the house. The guide provided much information and there were some neat looking items to view. Anyone interested in history would like... More 

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Chicago, Illinois
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8 reviews 8 reviews
3 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 29, 2014

We got a guided tour and it was excellent. It took about an hour but was worth it. The old phonographs still work and they play them for you! It was neat. Also this tour gave good info on Louisville history.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 21, 2014

We went with our two young kids, ages 5 and 3. It was a cute little house with many artifacts that showed things that Edison had invented. Great little piece of history.

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Columbia, Maryland
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 28, 2013

While I'll admit that the museum is a bit misleading - Edison merely stayed there for a little while as a young man - the artifacts and information are still very interesting, and it's not an expensive place to visit. The atmosphere is very casual and the guide is extremely enthusiastic and knowledgeable. The tour is self-paced, and it seems... More 

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Scottsdale, Arizona
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9 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2013

This little place is packed full of history! As a homeschool mom this was an excellent field trip! Very affordable and highly recommendable for families.

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Louisville, Kentucky
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166 reviews 166 reviews
125 attraction reviews
73 helpful votes 73 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 18, 2013

This tour is like a haiku. Although the tour is short, it is cram-packed with meaning. The tour guide was enthusiastic and incredibly knowledgeable. It's a one-time trip, but worth the time!

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