Thomas Edison National Historical Park

Thomas Edison National Historical Park

Thomas Edison National Historical Park
4.5
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Sunday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
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  • Drey98
    357 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Glenmont & Thomas Edison National Park
    Glenmont- This is the Edison’s residence and an extra add-on to the National Park Tour. You need to purchase admission to the park and then for the residence. Book early because there were only two tours a day for Glenmont when I went. The tour was very informative with personal stories and the house was fascinating as the Edisons were not the original residents so there is an amalgam of artifacts and decorating styles, Definitely a must do! Thomas Edison park- I had previously visited the smaller Edison site in Menlo Park. This is far bigger and there is a short informative film on Edison’s life in the Visitor’s Center. Then there are various buildings to explore with a guide inside the main house there. The park is like a time capsule as you explore his labs and look at all the many, many inventions that he and his staff created. It was a terrific place for a history buff like me to see! Highly recommend!
    Visited June 2023
    Traveled solo
    Written July 14, 2023
  • torpdo
    Des Moines, Iowa530 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Excellent Site
    Great museum. This is a National Park site so if you have a pass, admission is free. So much information and history located in the warehouse and on the grounds. You must stop at the visitor center if you want to see the Edison house about 1/4 mile away. The genius of this man cannot be described - he contributed so much to the "growing up" of America that it is hard to fathom. Definitely worth the time to see.
    Visited March 2023
    Written August 27, 2023
  • edkist
    Washington DC, District of Columbia16 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Give yourself time to see everything.
    There's too much to see if you only budget a couple of hours. The Edison lab grounds are definitely worth taking the time to see, and be certain to book a tour time for the Edison home in advance of your visit, as well. The lab(s) were spread over a greater area than I would have originally guessed, and have been well-preserved/restored. There were several flights of stairs at the labs, but I believe there was an elevator available if needed. The Edison home was impressive, and the guide had the forethought to use a portable PA system/microphone, which meant everyone on the tour heard his entire presentation. (I thought this was a great idea, and hopefully this approach is adopted by other NPS sites!)
    Visited September 2023
    Traveled solo
    Written November 10, 2023
  • RecreationV
    New York City, New York406 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    The Story of an Extraordinary Man
    We came here after visiting the Thomas Edison Center at Menlo Park. These two exhibits really complement each other, seeing where he began and then what he grew into. This facility is run by the US Park Service, and the Rangers are always knowledgeable about the history of where they are stationed. This was his last, and largest inventors complex. There are several videos to give you some background and history. Then walk through the main building, there are 3 floors to keep you busy, lots to read and see. There are additional buildings on the grounds which, when they are open, are staffed by the Rangers (did I mention they have a wealth of information to share), check the schedule. You can easily spend a couple of hours here if you take time to read and talk with the Rangers. Then take a short drive over to Glenmont, Edison's last home. The grounds are stunning. We didn't get to visit inside as the house was closed when we were there.
    Visited June 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written March 31, 2024
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edkist
Washington DC, DC16 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2023 • Solo
There's too much to see if you only budget a couple of hours. The Edison lab grounds are definitely worth taking the time to see, and be certain to book a tour time for the Edison home in advance of your visit, as well. The lab(s) were spread over a greater area than I would have originally guessed, and have been well-preserved/restored. There were several flights of stairs at the labs, but I believe there was an elevator available if needed. The Edison home was impressive, and the guide had the forethought to use a portable PA system/microphone, which meant everyone on the tour heard his entire presentation. (I thought this was a great idea, and hopefully this approach is adopted by other NPS sites!)
Written November 10, 2023
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Alicia_JA
Chicago350 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
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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longandshortofit
Overland Park, KS137 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2022
Start at the visitor's center, where you can watch any of 4 short films. Since Glenmont, the Edison house, is not currently offering tours, we watched that film and two about different aspects of Edison's life. The multi-level laboratory building was filled with interesting things to look at, an amazing collection of preserved items. We had no idea about so many things that Edison invented. We were able to walk outside the Glenmont house, a short drive from the visitor center. Be sure to get a placard for your car for entry in the Glenmont neighborhood.
Written May 8, 2022
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Jonathan M
Tuxedo Park, NY645 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2022 • Couples
We thoroughly enjoyed our visit to what remains of Thomas Edison’s once massive industrial complex. The workshops, laboratories, and library are meticulously preserved and expertly explained. Allow at least two hours to explore and make sure you leave sufficient time for the third floor exhibit which displays the full scope of Edison’s influence on our daily life even now. The visitor center offers several good films. If you plan to visit the nearby family home make sure you pick up your car pass in the visitor center. If not there is an excellent film which provides a video tour.
Written July 17, 2022
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torpdo
Des Moines, IA530 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2023
Great museum. This is a National Park site so if you have a pass, admission is free. So much information and history located in the warehouse and on the grounds. You must stop at the visitor center if you want to see the Edison house about 1/4 mile away. The genius of this man cannot be described - he contributed so much to the "growing up" of America that it is hard to fathom. Definitely worth the time to see.
Written August 27, 2023
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Drey98
New Jersey357 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2023 • Solo
Glenmont- This is the Edison’s residence and an extra add-on to the National Park Tour. You need to purchase admission to the park and then for the residence. Book early because there were only two tours a day for Glenmont when I went. The tour was very informative with personal stories and the house was fascinating as the Edisons were not the original residents so there is an amalgam of artifacts and decorating styles, Definitely a must do!

Thomas Edison park- I had previously visited the smaller Edison site in Menlo Park. This is far bigger and there is a short informative film on Edison’s life in the Visitor’s Center. Then there are various buildings to explore with a guide inside the main house there. The park is like a time capsule as you explore his labs and look at all the many, many inventions that he and his staff created. It was a terrific place for a history buff like me to see! Highly recommend!
Written July 14, 2023
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Wanderer
5 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
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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BuddysArmy
Apache Junction, AZ939 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2022 • Couples
Neat place to spend 1 hour. Easy to find. Plenty of convenient parking directly across the street. Admission is free if you have a National Park Place. Good place to visit in all types of weather. Nice gift shop.
Written May 10, 2022
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Lori B.
41 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2022
This museum is a hidden gem. Well worth the time. Get the audio tour. Make a reservation to go to Edison's home as well- The Glenmore Estate - which is just down the road. My only criticism is that the Glenmore tour was only 30 minutes. I think it could easily be 45-60 minutes as there is so much to see and stories to learn.
Written November 30, 2022
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RecreationV
New York City, NY406 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2023 • Couples
We came here after visiting the Thomas Edison Center at Menlo Park. These two exhibits really complement each other, seeing where he began and then what he grew into. This facility is run by the US Park Service, and the Rangers are always knowledgeable about the history of where they are stationed. This was his last, and largest inventors complex. There are several videos to give you some background and history. Then walk through the main building, there are 3 floors to keep you busy, lots to read and see. There are additional buildings on the grounds which, when they are open, are staffed by the Rangers (did I mention they have a wealth of information to share), check the schedule. You can easily spend a couple of hours here if you take time to read and talk with the Rangers. Then take a short drive over to Glenmont, Edison's last home. The grounds are stunning. We didn't get to visit inside as the house was closed when we were there.
Written March 31, 2024
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

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