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    Thomas Edison

    National Historical Park New Jersey

Things To Do

The Black Maria

The Black Maria


Laboratory Complex

While visiting the laboratory Complex you can:

  • View the Invention Factory a 20 minute orientation film
  • Watch "The Great Train Robbery" a silent movie from 1903
  • Wander the courtyard to see and learn about the Black Maria
  • Explore all 3 floors of the Main Laboratory Building (Building 5)
  • Take an audio tour (additional cost) of the Laboratory Complex
  • Take a tour of the Chemistry Lab (check the Visitor Center for tour times)
  • Make sure to check for any special tours or programs when you arrive at the Visitor Center.
  • Kids can also earn their Jr. Ranger Badge
Glenmont in winter

Snow covered Glenmont



Visitors must first stop at the visitor center at the Laboratory Complex (211 Main Street) to get a car pass and ticket, before heading up to Glenmont.

While you're visiting the Glenmont Estate be sure to:

  • Take a tour of the Edison's 29 room Queen Anne style mansion
  • Explore the estate grounds and outbuildings
  • Take a cell phone tour of the grounds.
  • Visit the Garden Shop located in the Potting Shed
  • Earn your Junior Ranger badge

Did You Know?

1888s photo of the Black Maria - the world's first motion picture studio.

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.