Thomas Edison's Laboratory and Estate

More than half of the 1,000-plus patents received by Thomas Edison were developed in West Orange in his laboratory. Today, you can visit Thomas A. Edison's Laboratory Complex and take a self-guided tour of to explore 20,000 square feet of exhibit space, including two floors of the main laboratory building, which were previously closed to the public.


Afterward, spend an afternoon exploring Glenmont, the estate of Thomas and Mina Edison. He purchased this grand estate for his new bride, Mina Miller Edison, in 1886. Glenmont is where the Edisons raised their children and entertained friends, family and Edison's business associates.


Visitors must stop at the visitor center at the Laboratory Complex to get a vehicle pass for Glenmont. Glenmont is open Friday through Sunday with tours beginning at noon.


Ranger-led programs run at the Laboratory Complex daily. Look for posted times in the visitor center. These programs include a phonograph demonstration, a tour of the chemistry building and a talk and closer look at the Black Maria, Edison's movie studio.