Thomas Edison National Historical Park welcomes all visitors and strives to ensure that its exhibits, programs, and facilities are accessible to everyone. Rangers are available to assist during your visit. Check in at the Building 1 Visitor Center. If you need special assistance please contact us at least two weeks in advance by calling (973) 736-0550.
Fully trained service animals are permitted throughout the park.
Visual and audible fire alarms are installed in all buildings.
For visitors using wheelchairs or with mobility impairments
For visitors with hearing loss
For visitors with visual impairments
Picture Guide and Other Aids
Picture Guide - This is a step-by-step photo guide of how to explore our park. To view click Picture Guide . There is a limited supply of Picture Guides for loan at the Visitor Center desk, ask when you arrive.
Access Backpacks - These packs include noise cancelling headphones, a copy of the Picture Guide, and a Junior Ranger booklet. They can be checked out for day use at the Visitor Center desk.
Quiet Space - If during your visit you need a quiet space, we recommend spending time at the far end of the 3rd floor in Building 5. There is a sunny alcove there lined with benches.
Hands-on Resource Boxes -These boxes include items and artifacts that represent the major themes and ideas of our park. These resource boxes can be made available during your visit, if you call in advance. (973)736-0550 ext. 11
Did You Know?
West Orange, NJ, was the birthplace of motion pictures. In 1893, Thomas Edison built the first building for the recording of motion pictures. It was dubbed THE BLACK MARIA. It got its name because it was large and black and looked like the police wagons of the day, which were called black marias.