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Edison National Historic Site

Thomas Edison's last laboratory, last home, and place of death

Edison National Historic Site
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Main Street & Lakeside Avenue
West Orange, New Jersey 07052
United States
(973) 324-9973

On This Very Spot in 1886, Thomas Edison set up his laboratory after leaving Menlo Park following the death of his first wife. He purchased the home on this very spot, called Glenmont, for his second wife Mina, and lived here with her until his death in 1931.

On This Very Spot Edison perfected the phonograph, which he had invented in the 1870s but set aside to work on the lightbulb. By the 1890s he had made the phonograph practical and was manufacturing them on this very spot.

On This Very Spot Edison invented motion pictures, which he first demonstrated in 1891. On this very spot in 1893, Edison produced the first commercial movies in the world's first movie studio, an odd-looking structure dubbed the Black Maria.

On This Very Spot during the first decade of the 1900s, Edison invented the alkaline battery.

On This Very Spot by the time of World War I, Edison had built a complex of laboratories and factories that employed nearly 10,000 people.

On This Very Spot on October 18, 1931, Thomas Edison died.

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This spot is operated by the National Park Service (USA) as an Edison museum open to the public. For complete visitor's information, including hours of operation, admission fees, and directions, visit the official website at

Location: Between Exits 9& 10 of I-280 several miles northwest of Newark New Jersey and directly west of Manhatten.

Nearest Major Airport: Newark, New Jersey

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