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Thomas Edison National Historical Park, West Orange

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  • So educational (and enough to keep everybody occupied for a couple of hours). Amazing history close to home! 
  • I have lived in the South Orange area for 30 years, and never took the time to go here. We went today with Netherlands tourists, who were interested in machinery, so it was the perfect time to go. I a...  more »
  • Only recently learning about Edison's National Historic Park, it was delightfully surprising to learn about the extent and breadth of innovation which took place in this relatively small complex of bu...  more »
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  • An important piece of American (and Industrial) history. It is a massive factory packed full of artifacts. It can be a bit overwhelming and lacking context. As we strolled, I had an odd sense of nostalgia (from my father's and grandfather's collections) as well as a strong desire to rummage. Several pieces were fascinating and unseen before. Visiting Glenmont the house was the highlight of my experiences. The manor (mansion) is actually one of THE most beautiful buildings I've ever had the pleasure to experience. When visit, make certain to arrive early at the park and get your house-tour tickets. There is a limited number of tours available for the house, and they are scheduled by the hour. Once you visit the house, leisurely stroll through the multi-floor factory at your pace. I would recommend the Audio tour, unless you have a techno-family who has well versed you on all the myriad of items you will be seeing. This tour could be an all-day tour (if you stretch it out), or you could pull it off in 2-3 hours (if you rush the factory tour).
  • Fascinating place! Feels like a working lab where everyone has gone on their lunch break and could be back at any time - nothing like a stuffy museum. Parking is a little tight, especially if there are lots of visitors. Rangers were friendly, helpful and knowledgeable.
  • The museum contains a lot of information on the history of Edison and his inventions. All of the buildings were clean and very cool to see. There is also plenty of parking. The only issue I had was that the place seemed to be understaffed. They could use a few more guides in order to handle the large amount of visitors. The staffers that were there were very good however. Overall a great experience and would for sure go back again.
  • This is a wonderful historical site that transports you back to a time when America was first flexing its technological muscle. Thomas Edison was a prolific inventor at a time when electricity was becoming useful and the public was in awe of recorded music and moving pictures. Wandering around the restored laboratories and offices gives the visitor a sense of the intensity Edison brought to research and development. The experience of an early wax cylinder sound recording is amazing, considering the way these recording were made. You can see his recording studio too.
  • As ever, the National Parks sites are good value: $10 for an adult,