WEST ORANGE, NJ — Following federal guidelines and those of state and local public health authorities, Thomas Edison National Historical Park (NHP) has expanded access at the park. 
The National Park Service (NPS) is working service wide with federal, state, and local public health authorities to closely monitor the COVID-19 pandemic and using a phased approach to increase access on a park-by-park basis.

Beginning last Friday, Thomas Edison NHP reopened access to the Glenmont Estate Grounds. The grounds will be open Friday, Saturday, and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. In order to visit the grounds of Glenmont, a special pass must first be picked up at the Laboratory Courtyard Visitor Contact Station (211 Main St.). 

No visitors will be admitted to the grounds of Glenmont without the pass. While at Glenmont there are wayside exhibit panels and a cell phone tour around the grounds to tell you about life at Glenmont.   

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In addition, entrance fees are waived, and the following spaces will be open from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday, Saturday and Sunday:   

  • Visitor parking lots located on Main Street and at the Glenmont Estate
  • Blacksmith Shop, Pattern Shop and Black Maria 
  • Laboratory Courtyard cell phone tour 


  • Glenmont Estate grounds – pass required and obtained at the Laboratory Courtyard Visitor Contact Station 

Prohibited activities include large group gatherings and activities, and picnics.

Permanent restroom facilities will be closed; however, portable restroom units with hand sanitizer will be available for public use.   
With public health in mind, the following facilities remain closed at this time: 
All public buildings 
Glenmont Mansion 

“We hope our visitors enjoy exploring both the Laboratory Complex and the grounds at Glenmont,” said Tom Ross, superintendent of Thomas Edison NHP. “As a reminder, please continue to follow recommended social distancing practices at all times. Many of the park’s outdoor exhibits may bring visitors into areas hard to safely social distance.  Wearing a face covering while at the park is strongly encouraged.”      
Details and updates on park operations will continue to be posted on the website www.nps.gov/edis or on Facebook and Instagram using our social media handle: @ThomasEdisonNHP. Updates about NPS operations will be posted on www.nps.gov/coronavirus.