Thomas Edison was a very smart man and was constantly working on new projects. Did you know he holds 1, 093 patents? Neither did I until I visited.
The main building is a self guided tour of 3 floors so you can wander at your own pace. You will find many of his inventions and learn a lot about Edison. There are a few interactive spots for the kids (but not many). At select times you will be treated to a demonstration of the phonograph in the music room on the 3rd floor. This was fun, the Ranger passed around the music cylinders and taught us a lot about the phonograph prior to playing it for us.
The Chemistry lab is a guided tour at the top of every hour. Don't miss going in here. The lab is pretty much as Edison last left it and is a neat place to see. His last project was looking for a way to create rubber, instead of having to import the very expensive rubber from overseas.
Also included in the tour is the house he purchased for his second wife. It is a few minute drive up the road but is worth the visit as well. On site of the house is Edison's grave.
We loved taking a peak at Edison's brilliance and learning more about him. Definitely worth a visit.
If you are interested in Thomas Edison and his inventions, you have to see this place. The complex houses his labs and many of his inventions. It is a self guided tour and also includes a guided tour of his mansion ( a short drive from the lab and complex) Older kids love seeing all the weird stuff that was invented. Edison earned 1,093 United States patents for his inventions. Learning about his personal life was also fascinating. He was a bit odd and rather eccentric. I would recommend it for older children and adults. (age 8 and up)