Thomas Edison National Historical Park

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Thomas Edison National Historical Park

211 Main St., West Orange, NJ 07052
973-736-0550 | 973-243-7172
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Thomas Edison National Historical Park is where Thomas Edison worked and lived from 1886 until his death 1931. It was in the Laboratory Complex that he developed the phonograph, storage battery and motion picture camera. At the Laboratory Complex you can see his library, stockroom, machine shops and music room. Explore 20,000 square feet of additional exhibit space, including two floors of the main laboratory building that has never before been open to the public. The Laboratory is now a self guided experience so you can pick and choose what's interesting to you. Spend an afternoon exploring the estate of Thomas and Mina Edison called Glenmont. Thomas Edison purchased this estate for his new bride Mina Miller Edison in 1886. At Glenmont, the Edisons raised their children, entertained friends, family and Edison business associates. Spend some time wandering the grounds – there is even a cell phone tour to guide you around.


From the Garden State Pky. Exit 145 or from the New Jersey Tpk. Exit 15 to I-280 W. Exit 10. At the end of the exit ramp turn right onto Northfield Ave. Go to the second light (also the end of the road) and turn left onto Main St. (Go through two traffic lights.) As you approach the park there will be a large cement factory buildings on your right followed by smaller red brick buildings. The red brick buildings are Thomas Edison's Laboratory Complex. Turn left onto Edisonian Terrace. The entrance into the parking lot is immediately on your left. The entrance to the park is through the main gates. Please use crosswalks when crossing Main St.