This is newly renovated and part of the National Park Service, so the quality is great. Our family spent about 2.5 hours here and would have spent more time if the weather was a little better, (it was a really cold and windy day, so walking between buildings was a bit more than we were up for). We watched an educational video which was really informative and gave us a good overview of Edison's amazing intellect and fantastic 'inventor' mindset. We attended a Park Ranger led tour of Edison's chemical laboratory, and then we toured another building that housed Edison's Library, his recording studio for the phonograph and a wonderfully preserved machine shop. The Park Rangers were very helpful and were pleased to answer questions. One really interesting fact that we heard from a Ranger, was that there was a single lightbulb in a statue, that worked from 1899 until 1995! It lasted almost 100 years! When the bulb burned out, they put in a replacement bulb, but it burned out as soon as they turned it on. So, rather than risk burning through all of Thomas Edison's original bulbs, they replaced the burnt out bulb with a replica. Next time that we go, we will talk to more rangers and hopefully get a bit more information about the movie studio and how it works.
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