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Address: 729 East Washington Street, Louisville, KY
Phone Number: 5025855247
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Down-town Louisville History Buff Attraction

A small brick house tucked away in an older commercial area of down-town where Thomas Edison, as a young man working for Western Union, apparently rented a small room. The... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed November 29, 2015
Garry H
Port Coquitlam, Canada
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Port Coquitlam, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 29, 2015

A small brick house tucked away in an older commercial area of down-town where Thomas Edison, as a young man working for Western Union, apparently rented a small room. The place is full of samples and examples, in beautiful condition, of the amazing list of things Edison invented. The day we visited, no one else was there so the docent... More 

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Louisville, Kentucky
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed November 4, 2015

Has the makings of something better but just not quite there with the exhibits. Somewhat dusty and less than what you would expect for the attraction.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 4, 2015 via mobile

Quick little stop before last day at Kentucky a Kingdom. Interesting and somewhat educational visit but realized Edison only spent about a year at this location.

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Barrie, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 4, 2015

When we got there I wasn't sure we were in the right place even. Tiny little house, but we did go in and get the grand tour. Lots of things to see and learn. doesn't take long to go through the house, but it was an interesting place to visit and I'd definitely make the trip out to see it.... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2015

A wonderful short side trip. This little out of the way museum is worth the side trip. While not huge, it has relics of a bygone era and the volunteer staff was very informative and friendly. Ask them to play some of the vast collection of Edison records for you. Only open 10-2 Tuesday through Saturday.

Thank Bud S
Shepherdsville, Kentucky
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2015

I visited the Thomas Edison House with a small group of Cub Scouts along with three grandchildren, ages 7,5, and 2 1'2. This house is very small, but filled with interesting exhibits featuring Thomas Edison, his inventions, and inventions of others. The guide was very helpful with a lot of spoken history of Thomas Edison's time here in Louisville, as... More 

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Louisville, Kentucky
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2015

Who knew that Thomas Edison lived worked in Louisville Kentucky. This little house in butcher town has an excellent exhibit and shows what it might have been like living in Louisville in the late 19th-century. The museum is only three rooms it has some examples of his inventions and shows what he was going to go on to do is... More 

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Austin, Texas
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 5, 2015

This is a nice stop that only takes about 30 minutes. Lots of interesting info here, even if only three rooms. Butchertown area is pretty cool and your'e close to downtown for a ton of lunch options. Easy street parking is free

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 17, 2015

Great small museum off the beaten path which highlights a lesser known part of Edison's history. As opposed to the larger exhibits/museums in Michigan, New Jersey and Florida, this highlights Edison as a young man. The staff are lovely, there are interesting tidbits to pick up about Edison establishing himself in Louisville prior to going on to greatness and, o... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 23, 2014

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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