Think tank, West Orange-style! The Thomas Edison National Historical Park in West Orange is open during the holiday week.
After undergoing extensive renovations, the Laboratory Complex reopened in
October 2009, when Patch visited. The original music recording studio, Thomas Edison's private laboratory, and a photography studio are now open to the public for the first time in the history of the park. The original furnishings have been moved back into many rooms and the vast and unique museum collections are available for all to see, hear, and experience. Installation of an elevator and stair tower adjacent to the main laboratory building allows public access to the upper floors of the laboratory that now feature new exhibits.
Visitors can also take a tour of Edison's former home at the Glenmont estate, located in the nearby Llewellyn Park. Glenmont is a 29- room, Queen Anne style mansion built in 1880 and surrounded by 15 acres of landscaped grounds. Along with tours of the home's furnished rooms, visitors will also be able to learn about the home's geothermal heating and cooling system on a special behind-the-scenes tour.
Thomas Edison National Historical Park
211 Main Street
West Orange, NJ 07052
Wednesday through Sunday, 9:00am - 5:00pm
Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, 11:30am - 5:00pm
House Tours are offered between 12:00pm and 4:00pm. A ticketed tour is the only way to enter the house.
Entrance Fee- $7.00
- Valid for seven days.
- Under 16 years old free
- Includes: Laboratory Complex and Glenmont
- Cash or Check only
Where to Eat:
There is no food served at the park, but the many, many eateries of Orange and West Orange are nearby. Star Tavern garners awards and reviews.