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Thomas Edison National Historical Park

Address: Main Street & Lakeside Avenue, West Orange, NJ 07052
Phone Number: (973) 736 0550
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Ranked #1 of 18 Attractions in West Orange
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Historic Sites, Cultural
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Type: Historic Sites, Cultural
Wed - Sun 10:00 am - 4:00 pm

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141 reviews 141 reviews
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53 helpful votes 53 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 18, 2014

Nowhere did we come so close to the pioneering spirit of one of the most brilliant of American Inventors. The Edison Laboratory is just out of this world. Breathtakingly interesting.

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Shelburne, Vermont
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48 helpful votes 48 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 11, 2014

We are two senior couples. Large lab is preserved as it was in the late 1800's. I was amazed at how prolific and shrewd this inventor was who contributed massively to our world over 60 years. There are guided as well as self-tour options in the laboratory complex. The three-story main building has elevators. Reservations for a guided tour of... More 

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in NJ
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83 attraction reviews
106 helpful votes 106 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 10, 2014

Had passed by the sign many times, finally made the time to go. We were a party of 4, 2 "mature" adults & 2 young adults. We all enjoyed our visit. We were fortunate that 1 in our party had a National Parks Pass so admission was free. Go early as the tour of Edison's home is limited, first come... More 

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Central New Jersey
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47 attraction reviews
56 helpful votes 56 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 26, 2014

Looking for something to take the kids to on a a bad weather day? Learn about a great American and have fun doing it? Visit the Thomas Alva Edison National Park in West Orange. The site includes his house and lab. The house and lab are both in relatively good shape and are loaded with insights into his daily life... More 

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Bridgewater, New Jersey, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 25, 2014

Edison's research laboratory and his home, essentially as just as they were when he worked and lived here. What was invented by Edison, at his earlier laboratory Menlo Park, NJ and here in West Orange? The incandescent light bulb, motion pictures including the movie camera and the motion picture studio (see a recreation of the very first studio), the phonograph... More 

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Katy, Texas, United States
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 24, 2014

The park is a short cab ride from the Newark airport. It was very interesting to see the place Edison worked for almost 50 years. The library looks the same as he left it. The park closes earlier than I would like. I ran out of time. Give yourself about 2 hours to tour the laboratory building. Also, the tour... More 

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Andover, New Jersey
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2014

This place is very special. To think that Thomas Edison chose West Orange for this laboratory & factories is amazing. It is so worth going - everything is as he left it. Amazing man & amazing place.

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London, England, United Kingdom
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19 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 11, 2014

Great place and the tour was so informative.The 'lab' which is a ten minute walk show as you all the inventions that Edison worked on ( included X Rays ) ... Great attraction

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Buffalo, New York
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 10, 2014

Added to the National Park system about 5 years ago, we only visited the factory as the house was closed for the day. Your ticket admits you to both, but Edison's home was in Llewelyn, which is a gated community, and due to the Park's arrangement with this community, only 15 people are allowed into the compound to take the... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014

This was a great stop that we had not originally planned on. The cost to get in is just 5.4 adullt and was well worth it the park rangers in the facility were very knowledgeable and very helpful with any questions or things that we had that we wanted any information on they also demonstrated some of the equipment we... More 

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