** Important Information to help you plan your visit**
On Friday, July 2, 2021, Thomas Edison National Historical Park (NHP) reopened some visitor facilities with limited occupancy and one-way visitor traffic flow at the Laboratory Complex and Glenmont Estate. These facilities will be open Friday, Saturday, and Sunday from 10 AM to 4 PM. Details below.
With the opening of these building, a park entrance fee of $15.00 will be charged to visitors aged 16 or older. Children aged 15 and under are free.
Visitor Center (Building 1) which includes the park orientation film and the museum store which will also re-open.
Main Laboratory Building (Building 5) which includes Thomas Edison’s library, machine shops, music room, and other exhibits.
Glenmont Greenhouse where volunteers from the Short Hills Garden Club and park volunteers care for a variety of exotic plants like those grown by the Edisons.
Glenmont Garage which contains Thomas Edison’s historic vehicles (as staffing allows)
With public health in mind, the following visitor facilities remain closed at this time:
Chemistry Laboratory at the Laboratory Complex (although visitors can look into the building, they may not enter the facility at this time)
Occupancy levels will be enforced by staff and volunteers and signed at each building. One-way visitor traffic flow will be instituted within the buildings, and benches and other seating inside facilities will be removed to discourage congregating and promote social distancing. Consistent with CDC recommendations and State of New Jersey and Department of the Interior policy, masks must be worn inside buildings by those visitors who are not yet fully vaccinated.
“While adhering to Covid-19 precautions as outlined by the CDC, we are very happy to again welcome visitors inside our museum buildings. Our Park Rangers and Volunteers look forward to interacting with visitors and to sharing meaningful experiences at the Laboratory Complex and Glenmont Estate. In addition, visitors can now use the NPS App to explore the laboratory courtyard and learn how buildings were used by Thomas Edison and his company, as well as explore stories about the people who worked at the laboratory,” said Tom Ross, Superintendent of Thomas Edison NHP.
Consistent with CDC recommendations, people who are not fully vaccinated (have received only one vaccine shot or who are within the 14 day window after their second shot or first shot if they have received the one dose vaccine) must continue to wear masks indoors and in crowded outdoor spaces. Additional details are available at https://www.nps.gov/aboutus/news/public-health-update.htm
Please note that beginning on Thursday, January 6, 2022, the Thomas Edison Laboratory Complex, Glenmont Mansion and Grounds will be closed to the public for the winter season and will reopen on Saturday, March 12, 2022.
While we are closed, we invite the public to visit our website at www.nps.gov/edis for the latest information about the park, historical interpretive information, access to 3,000 images from the park’s historic photo collection and children’s activities such as our Junior Ranger Program. In addition, schools and organized groups are encouraged to make reservations for virtual programming during this period. Please call 973-736-0550 x26 Wednesday-Sunday for more information.
For more information or up to minute details and updates on park operations, please visit our website www.nps.gov/edis or on Facebook and Instagram using our social media handle: @ThomasEdisonNHP
Phones are monitored as staff are available with messages being checked Wednesday - Sunday. If a ranger is unavailable to take your call, we kindly ask that you leave us a detailed message with return contact information and we will be happy to get back to you as soon as possible. Thank you.