Here’s a perfect way to spend an afternoon soaking up some of the history that makes New Jersey so proud.
Thomas Edison is, of course, credited with the discovery of hundreds of practical devices such as the electric light bulb, phonograph, and motion picture camera. “The Wizard of Menlo Park” held 1093 patents in the US and many others in Europe.
At the laboratory and estate, you can view a 20 minute orientation film called the Invention Factory.
You can also watch “The Great Train Robbery,” which is a silent movie from 1903.
All three floors of the main laboratory are available for your exploration as is the Chemistry lab.
You can walk the courtyard and see the Black Maria.
At Glenmont, you can tour Edison’s 29 room mansion and explore the grounds and outbuildings.
Thomas Edison’s laboratory is open to the public every day except Monday and Tuesday from 10am to 4 pm. The Glenmont Estate is open on Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays from 11:30-4:00. House tours are only offered between 12 noon and 3:00. The entrance fee is $7.00 but children under the age of 16 years are admitted for free. An optional audio tour can be purchased for $5.00. An annual park pass can be purchased for $30.00 and allows the card holder plus 3 guests free admission for a year. It is located at 211 Main Street, West Orange, NJ.