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Thomas Edison Birthplace

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Great History!

We had a great, detailed tour of the house and were given a good history lesson on the family. The... read more

Reviewed November 6, 2018
Michael B
Amazing History and Tour

We had an amazing experience touring the house. Debbie was a phenomenal tour guide who really knew... read more

Reviewed August 26, 2018
TylerThieding
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Small brick Greek revival home set in the hill above the old Milan Canal where the inventor Thomas Edison was born.The museum features a collection of rare Edisonia, examples of many of Edison's early inventions, documents, & family mementos. Listen...more
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9 N Edison Dr, Milan, OH 44846-0451
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Reviewed November 6, 2018

We had a great, detailed tour of the house and were given a good history lesson on the family. The guide was patient and able to answer all questions. The price was very good and the visit was well worth the time. If you like...More

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank Michael B
taedison2014, Director at Thomas Edison Birthplace, responded to this reviewResponded November 7, 2018

Michael B, Thank you so much for your positive review! We strive, at the Birthplace, to not only tell the personal story of Thomas Edison, but tell about his place in history, especially his creative force in the technology of the late 19th and early...More

Reviewed October 10, 2018 via mobile

We visited 8 years ago when our oldest was an only child and very young. Two adults and one child. They were rude then and discouraged our entry. We recently returned and had 11, 7, & 5 year olds and we were turned away at...More

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank Melissa S
taedison2014, Director at Thomas Edison Birthplace, responded to this reviewResponded October 11, 2018

Melissa, I'm very sorry you had a bad experience with us. I'm very surprised because our tour guides try to accommodate the needs of kids. If you would contact me at director@tomedison.org, I would like to talk to you further to see what happened. I...More

Reviewed August 26, 2018

We had an amazing experience touring the house. Debbie was a phenomenal tour guide who really knew her history. She made the experience special for us! We've always wanted to visit the museum and we were so glad we finally got the chance. The house...More

Date of experience: August 2018
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Reviewed August 18, 2018 via mobile

The 45 min tour was very informative about Thomas Edison’s life. The tour guide Debbie was great and a retired teacher so she made it interesting. The house is small and groups make it smaller to navigate but it’s worth it if you are a...More

Date of experience: August 2018
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taedison2014, Director at Thomas Edison Birthplace, responded to this reviewResponded August 21, 2018

Thank you so much for your good review! We try hard to make an interesting and informative tour. I will tell Debbie that you enjoyed hers. Sincerely, Lois Wolf, Director

Reviewed July 22, 2018

The Edison family turned this into a museum after Edison passed, lots of history in the building, especially of a man that made such a difference to the lives of so many. Well worth a visitMore

Date of experience: July 2018
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taedison2014, Director at Thomas Edison Birthplace, responded to this reviewResponded July 24, 2018

Thank you so much for your review! I'm so glad you enjoyed your visit! We who work at the Birthplace feel so honored to be close to the history of the great inventor. As Time magazine characterized him, the "Man of the Millennium". Please visit...More

Reviewed July 19, 2018 via mobile

The Thomas Edison Birthplace is a wonderful little gem that is very worth visiting. The home has been well restored and maintained and it has many of the original furnishings. The staff is well versed and knowledgeable about the home, the man and the family....More

Date of experience: July 2018
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Reviewed July 19, 2018 via mobile

We stopped by just to break up a long drive. Boy were we surprised! Cindy was a wonderful guide. We knew quite a bit about Edison but she was able to tell us so much more. She could discuss books with us and was a...More

Date of experience: July 2018
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Reviewed July 9, 2018

A perfect place to take your family to show them part of the past. Did you know Thomas Edison made the first talking doll. Lots of history and I do believe Thomas Edison's and his wife's room may have some gentle spirits dwelling in their...More

Date of experience: June 2018
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taedison2014, Director at Thomas Edison Birthplace, responded to this reviewResponded July 11, 2018

Thank you so much for your great review! Actually, Thomas Edison and his wife did not live at the home, his parents did and he did when he was a little boy. Some of Edison's and his second wife Mina's clothing are displayed up in...More

Reviewed June 27, 2018

The docents at the Edison Birthplace were very well informed and presented information about Thomas Edison in a concise, interesting, well informed manner so that I learned a lot about him and his family. Thomas Edison was one of the most important figures in American...More

Date of experience: June 2018
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Reviewed June 3, 2018

We were delighted to actually hear early Edison phonographs played as part of this tour. Had many gaps in my lifelong interest in Edison's life filled in here. A lovely town and a wonderful tour! (Fun fact: Edison invented a talking doll. Unfortunately it was...More

Date of experience: June 2018
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Response from Gary W | Reviewed this property |
About 2.5 miles.
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Melissa G
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Response from taedison2014 | Property representative |
Hello, I'm really sorry, we've tried to answer this question several times, and it doesn't seem to show up in the answers. I really apologize for this. Our tours last approximately 1 - 1 1/4 hours. There is an initial... More
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Response from Ishmom | Reviewed this property |
He may be able to go in on the ground floor - but when we went, this was NOT accessible by wheelchair. The home is tiny and there is an upstairs you go up and see and also a downstairs. The stairs are very narrow, steep and... More
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