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Precision Machine Shop - 2nd floor
Thomas Edison National Historical Park.

Thomas Edison NHP PHOTO

Currently some visitor facilities are opened 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.


What's Open:
Visitors can enter the following visitor facility buildings at the Laboratory Complex and Glenmont Estate that will be open from 10 AM to 4 PM, every Friday, Saturday and Sunday:

  • 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)


What's Closed:
With public health in mind, the following visitor facilities remain closed at this time:

  • Glenmont Mansion
  • 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.

Come visit the Laboratory Complex and Glenmont Estate Grounds. Spend a little time learning about the history of the site with friends and family. Explore the Laboratory and Glenmont Grounds with self guided tours available through the NPS App. The tours offer lots of great stories about your park. Of course, Rangers are always available to answer any questions as well. We look forward to seeing you.

Below is information for when we return to regular operations. Follow links for additional information:

Ranger-led programs run at the Laboratory Complex daily. Look for posted times in the visitor center. For more information about this site click here.

 
Glenmont in spring
Glenmont in the spring.

NPS PHOTO

Spend an afternoon exploring Glenmont, the estate of Thomas and Mina Edison. Thomas Edison purchased this grand estate for his new bride, Mina Miller Edison, in 1886. It is here that the Edisons raised their children and entertained friends, family, and Edison business associates.

Visitors must first stop at the visitor center at the Laboratory Complex (211 Main Street) to get a vehicle pass for Glenmont Grounds.

When normal operations have resumed, tickets for a house tour are limited and distributed on a first-come first-served basis from the Laboratory Visitor Center. Glenmont is generally open Friday, Saturday, and Sunday EXCEPT during the winter. Glenmont is closed in the winter from January through mid March. For specific dates check out the hours of operation page. A ticketed tour is the only way to enter the house.

 
School Group Tour
School Group Tour

NPS Photo

Group Visits

If you are interested in bringing a group please click on the appropriate link below.

1.School Groups - K - College For Teachers
2.Non-School Groups - Scouts, clubs, civic organizations Group Information
3.Private Business Meetings, Tours, and Events Permits

 
Picture Guide
If your child or family needs a visual guide of our park, please view our Picture Guide, where you will see a step-by-step exploration of the park through photographs. For more information on accessibility please click here.

Last updated: September 22, 2021

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Mailing Address:

211 Main Street
West Orange , NJ 07052

Phone:

973-736-0550 x11
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.

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