Thomas Edison National Historical Park


Thomas Edison National Historic Park provides a unique opportunity to interpret and experience important aspects of America's industrial, social and economic past, and to learn from the legacy of the world's best known inventor. For more than forty years, the laboratory created by Thomas Alva Edison in West Orange, New Jersey, had enormous impact on the lives of millions of people worldwide. Out of the West Orange laboratories came the motion picture camera, vastly improved phonographs, sound recordings, silent and sound movies and the nickel-iron alkaline electric storage battery.

Thomas Edison National Historical Park promotes an international understanding and appreciation of the life and achievements of Thomas Alva Edison by preserving the last and largest of his laboratories, home of the perfected phonograph, motion pictures, the nickel-iron alkaline storage battery, and a variety of other products.




Approaching from the east: from the Garden State Parkway, take exit 145 onto Interstate 280 westbound. From the New Jersey Turnpike, take exit 15-W onto Interstate 280 westbound. Follow Interstate 280 westbound to exit 10. Make right at end of the exit ramp. Go to the end of the street, and make a left onto Main Street. Follow Main Street for about three-fourths of a mile. Parking is on the left.

Approaching from the west: take Interstate 280 eastbound to exit 9. Make a left at the end of the ramp. At the second traffic light, make a left onto Main Street. Follow Main Street for one-half mile. Parking is on the left.


From Newark Airport take New Jersey Turnpike North and then follow directions below. A cab may also be taken.

Public Transport: 

New Jersey Transit, take bus #21.