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

Brochure cover for bike tour with a bike leaning on a brick and concrete pillar at the park entrance.
Brochure cover for the Washington Rock & Roll Tour for Cyclists.  One of the stops is Thomas Edison National Historical Park.  To view the brochure, click the link to the left that says - the brochure on the tour.

New Jersey Department of Transportation

Washington Rock & Roll Tour

Enjoy biking? Thomas Edison National Historical Park is one of the stops along the Washington Rock & Roll Tour. The bike route begins and ends at the parking lot of Bernard M. Degnan Park on Alisa Drive adjacent to West Orange High School. Along the ride you will also pass by Verona Park, Montclair Arts Museum and even South Mountain Reservation and Turtle Back Zoo. If you are looking for a different way to come visit the park, check out their brochure on the tour . For more biking information and other tours, check out the website for the Department of Transportation

Last updated: January 31, 2020

Contact the Park

Mailing Address:

211 Main Street
West Orange, NJ 07052


973-736-0550 x11
Phone are regularly monitored, but in the event that a ranger is unavailable to take your call, please leave us a detailed message with return contact information, and we will be happy to get back to you as soon as we can.

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