Visiting the Thomas Edison Historical Park

Thomas Edison National Historical Park

Last week, my friend Cyd and I went to the Thomas Edison Historical Park in West Orange.  Cyd owns the website, New Jersey Isn’t Boring, so if there is something unique or interesting in the state, she’ll know. I’ve been enjoying traveling the state and learning new things.

To be honest, I didn’t realize Thomas Edison worked in New Jersey.  Many of his most well-known creations were all created in West Orange!  If you’re ever in the area, I highly recommend checking out the site.  It was one of the more interesting and historic sites I’ve seen.

At the very site we visited, he created the motion picture camera, improved phonographs, sound recordings, movies and the “nickel-iron alkaline electric” storage battery.

After eating at a diner, we headed over to the Thomas Edison Historical Park.

Here is a little bit of information in case you are interested. The Site itself hosts both Edison’s home as well as his lab site.  It was designated as a National Historic Site in 1955. It was closed for several decades, and it reopened on March 30, 2009. During its closure, it was in service and used to manufacture several of Edison’s inventions.  After renovations on the entire lab complex, it was completely reopened for visitors on October 10, 2009.

Here are a few interesting photos:

Thomas Edison National Historical Park
Lab Site
Thomas Edison National Historical Park
Behind that wall he created the first motion picture.
Thomas Edison National Historical Park
Ediphone Convention on August 12…1920 😉
Thomas Edison National Historical Park
Also important is where the first waffle irons were created. How would I have my prerunning breakfast (waffles) without it?
Thomas Edison National Historical Park
This is one invention perhaps the world did not need…
Thomas Edison National Historical Park
Another lab
Thomas Edison National Historical Park
A replica of where motion pictures were created

This is his desk exactly as he left it.  Thomas Edison National Historical Park
Thomas Edison National Historical Park
Thomas Edison National Historical Park

Thomas Edison Me New Jersey Isn't Boring
They even had a selfie station with Thomas Edison himself. As you can see, he prefers the Black and White option

The museum took about 2 hours to view.  I highly recommend it, if you’re ever in the area.

Questions for you:
What was the last museum or historic site you’ve been too?
Are there any historical sites in your local area? 

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5 thoughts on “Visiting the Thomas Edison Historical Park”

  1. This looks like a neat museum. I’m glad you got to visit it with Cyd (sounds like she has a great website too) and see the neat stuff, but that talking doll is pretty freaky!

    We have quite a few historical sites here in Charleston, many of which are related to the Civil War (Fort Sumter, Plantations, various monuments). It’s not the prettiest time in history, but it is very important to learn about so that it is not repeated. Also, a lot of cities have monuments and memorials that people don’t know about- we have a Holocaust memorial here that I’d driven by for years and never knew what it was.

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