Edison Birthplace Museum


The small brick home where Thomas Edison was born in 1847 has been restored and is now a small museum demonstrating his inventions, such as the light bulb and phonograph. Guides take you through the rooms on a 25-minute tour, during which you'll also see plenty of Edison family photos and mementos.

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