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Thomas Edison National Historical Park

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Address: Main Street & Lakeside Avenue, West Orange, NJ 07052
Phone Number: (973) 736 0550
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Wed - Sun 10:00 am - 4:00 pm

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Birthplace of the Movies . . . And Much More!

About 25 miles west of Times Square, lies the HQ for Thomas Edison - his workshops and his home Glenmont Estate. Check the website for open days, since the workshops and mansion... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed June 29, 2015
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 29, 2015 NEW

About 25 miles west of Times Square, lies the HQ for Thomas Edison - his workshops and his home Glenmont Estate. Check the website for open days, since the workshops and mansion are not on the same schedule. You should also note that the mansion is not wheelchair accessible! Parking for the workshops is across the street from the visitor... More 

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed June 23, 2015

The only reason we visited was to see Edison's house, Glenmont. When we arrived at 10:10 a.m. on Sunday morning (it opened at 10:00), we were told that the tickets for the 11:30 tour were already sold out and that there would not be another tour until 1:00. Unfortunately, since we had a long drive to get back home, we... More 

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Ridgecrest, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 18, 2015

This home is by invitation only. You need to go to the Edison plant down the road to get a time voucher. The plant is so interesting we almost missed the house! The tour of the home is both up and down stairs and some of the yard area with grave sites. It is very interesting and the kids on... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 16, 2015

Generally, visiting a historic site like this would be a curiosity rather than prime focus during a visit to the area. Well, I would suggest you move this site much higher on the priority of places to visit. While it was my second time visiting his R&D facility, it was my first visit to his home. I don't understand how... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 14, 2015

I was there during the West Orange street fair. The home wasn't open but the museum were. He was ingenious to invent that movie house, manipulating the light from the sun to show the pictures. The main museum is huge, my favorite part of the experience. 3 floors that showcases his work and life. The cameras, the communication devices, the... More 

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Parsippany, New Jersey
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 12, 2015

I took a trip here with my boyfriend. I was surprised at what I'd been missing. You could dedicate a whole day taking in the life of Thomas Edison here. If you live anywhere near West Orange and enjoy history or just learning something new, you should definitely visit. You can read more about my experience at Thomas Edison National... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 7, 2015

We got there kind of late (1:30 pm), we didn't realize they closed at 4 pm. We did a whirlwind of a tour and saw as much as we could in a little over an hour as we also did the house tour at 3 pm. They show a 45 minute segment of movies, which we had to skip, but... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 7, 2015

Plan a minimum of three to three and a half hours to see the lab, observe a couple of presentations and tour the house. Longer if you would like to linger more in the labs with the machines and displays. I highly recommend seeing the house as well (a couple of minutes drive from the lab parking lot) as it... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 31, 2015

Impressive in every way. The National Park Service has outdone themselves with how well composed this site is presented. The admission fee is very small and upon request the ticket is expanded from seeing the factories / laboratory buildings to include Edison's home in Llewellyn Park. The curators / park rangers are exceptionally knowledgeable about the life and times of... More 

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Philadelphia, PA
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 25, 2015

Our only regret is that we could not see everything. After two hours we were saturated. We saw a lovely demo of Edison wax cylinders played on original equipment and sat through a lovely discussion of invention the electric light bulb. We saw two machine shops and the library and many of the third floor displays. There was more to... More 

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Additional Information about Thomas Edison National Historical Park

Address: Address: Main Street & Lakeside Avenue, West Orange, NJ 07052
Phone Number: (973) 736 0550
Location: United States  >  New Jersey (NJ)  >  West Orange
Open Hours:
Sunday 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Wednesday 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Thursday 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Friday 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Saturday 10:00 am - 4:00 pm

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