The Thomas Edison Center at Menlo Park, located in Edison State Park, is a facility dedicated to educating the public on the life and achievements of Thomas Edison, as well as focusing on his notable accomplishments that took place at Edison’s Menlo Park lab. In 1876, Thomas Edison and new wife Mary Stilwell moved to Menlo Park and the laboratory began its existence until 1887. Here he developed the phonograph and in 1879 the incandescent light bulb.
The Center is comprised of the Art Deco Edison Memorial Tower and a museum featuring an education center. The top of the tower is meant to resemble the incandescent bulb which Edison first developed. The museum features original artifacts and interpretive exhibits representing the incandescent light bulb and the development of the phonograph. the phonograph being the invention to earn Edison the title of the “Wizard of Menlo Park.”
The Center provides interpretive programming for the public and organized groups as well as a small gift shop. Visit the Thomas Edison Center at Menlo Park for more information. The Edison tower is administered by the NJ Division of Parks and Forestry.
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