Thomas Edison National Historical Park

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Thomas Edison National Historical Park

Thomas Edison National Historical Park
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
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Mike O
Marshall, Minnesota, United States149 contributions
Sep 2021
My wife and I visited in early September. We are from rural Minnesota. Needless to say, we were a little nervous about navigating the metro New York City freeway traffic to get to Thomas Edison National Historical Park and a little uncertain on what to expect for the neighborhood surrounding the park. Thankfully, everything turned out great, and Thomas Edison National Historical Park was one of our favorite stops on our 10-day East Coast trip!! I keep revisiting in my mind how touring the grounds felt like Thomas Edison and his crew took a lunch break and to expect them back in an hour. Everything seemed so very well preserved - just amazing! Realize there are endless things to do in and around New York City, but please make an effort to stop here - you will be extremely delighted with your stay and have many wonderful stories to tell family and friends.
Written September 28, 2021
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Chicago209 contributions
Jul 2021
I am thrilled these building and their contents have been preserved. The grounds are well maintained but many of the buildings (including the estate) were still closed due to COVID. At least Edison's most impressive library was still open to view. I was surprised by the $15 entrance fee, as these kinds of fees are usually reserved for the big national parks out west where one would spend several days. I spent less than two hours here. I did not mind paying because the funds will help to continue to protect this history.
Written August 1, 2021
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Mindy Smith
New Providence, NJ4 contributions
Dec 2019
We were visiting a friends' houses a few blocks from the Edison museum and out of curiosity, we went to visit the site. We were pleasantly surprised. It's a beautiful place to have fun and learn. In addition to the museum, with the same ticket, you can visit the house where Edison lived with his family, which is just a few blocks away. Well worth it.
Written February 26, 2020
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5 contributions
Oct 2019
This place is full of history as the residence of Thomas Edison and his family. Most of the original furniture are kept well in place. The incredibly stocked library has the original chair that Edison sat and read on. The kitchen shows how it was very labor intensive doing domestic work during that time. The Lab has all the artifacts that Edison collected far and wide from around the world. It's amazing to reflect on history seeing his tomb in the backyard, real and surreal. The guide was really knowledgeable. A very informative learning experience.
Written September 23, 2020
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Frank T
Riverdale, NJ313 contributions
Jan 2020 • Friends
I took a friend of mine from out of town to the Edison museum. What can I say then it is a must see. We all know about Edison, but seeing his work shop and the other exhibits is well worth it. Again, a must see if in ghd area.
Written January 22, 2020
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Montville, NJ6,714 contributions
Dec 2017 • Solo
To begin with, there is a convenient designated parking area across the street from the NHHP. The visitors center is through the gate which promptly opens at 10 am. The visitors center is where you pay for the various tours offered. The Laboratory Complex & Glenmont located less than a mile down Main street from the NHP costs $10. Under age 16 is free. I have a National Park Senior Pass so it was free. At the visitors center you can buy gifts and there is a 20 minute feature film which includes the "Great Train Robbery" and runs all day long in a continuous loop. Tis is also where you can purchase for $5 an audio tour of the laboratory complex. The audio tour comes in three versions (standard, family or children). Ask about the day's scheduled events. The day I visited there was a presentation in the Chemistry Lab, a demonstration of the Phonograph, a Black Maria & Ranger talk. Additionally. each section of the complex had a Park Ranger who was more than eager to chat. We chatted for a considerable amount of time. Building #5 is the main laboratory and has 3 floors. There is an elevator. Take note that Glenmont has no elevator and is open for touring only on Fri, Sat, Sun. After Jan. 7, 2018 it closes until April. They have completed extensive preservation work recently. Kids can earn a Jr. Ranger Badge at the West Orange location.. If you go on the parks official website you can download the Jr. Web Ranger Booklet. The official website also has stories, history, teaching tools and photographs. They have a Distance Learning program which offers Skype sessions. They are designed as one period presentations and can be customized to fit your lesson plans. Other Social Media options include You Tube, Twitter, Facebook and the Curator's Curiosity Blog which has photos and detailed information on various artifacts displayed..
Written December 22, 2017
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Miso D
Amherst, MA32 contributions
Apr 2014 • Family
The entire neighborhood is beautiful and the fact that you can tour a house in it is fantastic. The fact that it is Thomas Edison's house is even better! If you love BEAUTIFUL old houses (especially GIGANTIC ones) that have been decorated in the appropriate style, this is the place for you.
If you're there in the warmer weather, there's greenhouses to check out (although I suppose they could be checked out in any weather). Also be sure to visit his Laboratory which is pretty close by.
Written February 25, 2015
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New Jersey2,674 contributions
Dec 2016 • Family
Great trip. I recommend getting there a little bit early to secure your tickets for the Glenmont House tour. There was a small movie theater in the back of the visitor center that showed short movies about Thomas Edison and his life. There were scheduled activities (Chemistry lab tour, phonograph playing and The Black Maria tour) that occurred throughout the day.

The Glenmont House tour was definitely the highlight of the day. The guide was very informative. You get to see the major parts of the house (Living room, library, bedrooms, dining room, kitchen, laundry room). You also get to see the garage and the greenhouse.

The museum in building 5 was awesome. All the items felt as if they had been left and not touched for decades. There were many informative readings that explained the major parts of each section of the museum. The Chemistry lab tour was also very good. The guide was informative and passionate about the subject. The playing of the phonograph was very cool as well. The tour guide actually played an original phonograph from the 1900's. I was not able to go to The Black Maria activity session.

Overall I would recommend this trip to others. Thomas Edison was a creative and interesting man who invented hundreds upon hundreds of items. Once he set his mind on something, it was nearly impossible to stop him. He didn't stop inventing/working till the day he died! Very inspirational!

Tip: I would recommend spending 4-5 hours here if you truly want to see everything
Written December 3, 2016
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Andy B
Falls Church, VA48 contributions
Mar 2016 • Family
This is a nice small park, with lots to see in the buildings. Unfortunately Edison's house was not open on the day we went as it's only open a few days a week.

His lab and factory were interesting. There were a couple of volunteers who gave some lectures explaining what we were looking at.

Spent a couple of hours there. There's free parking across the street.
Written March 25, 2016
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New Jersey1,860 contributions
Dec 2015 • Couples
Without a doubt, Thomas Edison was one of our country’s most important inventors—with 1,093 patents to his name, including some devices that revolutionized our way of life. This historic park affords visitors a very real and up-close opportunity to see Edison’s actual laboratory, work space, machine shops, personal library, and more.

We had actually gone primarily for the Holidays at Glenmont tour (more on that below), but we had some time on our hands before our timed tour there began, so we went up the street to eat lunch first. After the Glenmont tour we spent a limited amount of time checking out the laboratory complex. Admission was $10 for adults, which included Glenmont and the Laboratory Complex. The experience is a self-guided tour, but we happened to catch a presentation by a park employee about Edison’s music and recording studio on the second floor of the lab. Apparently these presentations do run at designated times on a daily basis according to their website.

There are a great many things to see here (inventions, small machines, large machines, tools, work spaces, furniture, pictures), and in some ways the place looks like everyone left the shop or lab at the end of the day and just didn’t return. But that’s a good thing, because it gives the place a genuine feel, almost as if you have stepped back in time for your visit. I suspect that children especially will like the place because its grandeur is likely to excite their imagination and wonder.

On the practical side:
(1) There is free parking directly across the street from the laboratory complex. Be careful when crossing the street, though. Local drivers go too fast and with little regard for pedestrians.

(2) The visitor’s center in the front of the complex has a gift shop, clean restrooms, and an area where a film about Edison can be viewed (bench seating).

(3) There are two floors of exhibitions in the main lab. There is a set of stairs at both ends of the lab, and there is also an elevator for those who might need it.

(4) The length of your stay will depend entirely on you. Because of circumstance, our available time for the lab was limited to about 1¼ hours, and we certainly could have used more time to see more. I think two hours would be a reasonable estimate.

**Holidays at Glenmont**
I do want to mention our experience at Glenmont, Edison’s home that is situated less than one mile away from his laboratory complex. We had gone specifically because we saw online that the mansion is decorated for Christmas for a limited time (weekends from the end of November to almost mid-January), and thus we intended our visit as a holiday activity.

As far as that goes, the experience was not that exciting. There was a Christmas tree set up in an upper room, and pointsettas and evergreen were placed in some areas, but that was really the extent of it. It’s not a case of the entire mansion being festooned with holiday decorations, so I would recommend going elsewhere if you’re specifically looking for that aspect. However…the mansion itself is definitely worth seeing in its own right, decorated or not. The guided tour lasts half an hour and it includes a sitting room, library, music room, conservatory, main staircase, dining room, main kitchen, servants’ dining room, family room, several bedrooms, and laundry room. Visitors can also tour the adjacent greenhouse (which is worth a look), and the graves of Edison and his wife Mina are located on the grounds in the back.

On the practical side:
(1) Photography is not allowed inside the mansion.

(2) I didn’t ask, but I don’t think there is a public restroom in the mansion.

(3) The tour involves going up a flight of stairs to the second floor, and as far as I could tell the mansion is not handicapped-accessible.

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Written December 28, 2015
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