Although 2020 didn't end as we wanted, we have much to look forward to in 2021. With the ongoing work with virtual tours, we hope to be back giving an amazing experience to our visitors in the near future.

Have a great rest of 2020 and we'll see you in 2021. Take care.

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The COVID-19 pandemic has brought hardships to many businesses around the country.

For the past several months, we've been hard at work putting together a virtual experience for our visitors. We hope to release more details on this soon.

In the meantime, we have created a short video for our visitors explaining a brief overview and history of the Birthplace. This video can be found by clicking the button below.

We hope you enjoy the video and come back when we re-open.
"What you are will show in what you do."
- Thomas Alva Edison
As we end the year with great memories and unforgettable blessings, we ask you to donate and help the Thomas Edison Birthplace Museum go into 2021 to continue to tell the amazing story of Thomas Alva Edison.
We are a 501(c)3 and all donations are tax deductible.

Send donations to:
Edison Birthplace Association
PO Box 451
Milan, OH, 44846

or click the link below.
Speaking at a U.S. Capitol dedication ceremony for a statue of the prolific inventor from tiny Milan, Ohio, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell recalled Edison's time working in a Kentucky telegraph office.

House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi likened Edison's laboratory in Menlo Park, New Jersey, to Menlo Park, California: ground zero for Silicon Valley's innovation.

State leaders said that Edison - whose patents included the the phonograph and the first practical incandescent light bulb - exemplifies Ohio's entrepreneurial spirit. Other finalists for the honor included the Wright Brothers, Olympic athlete Jesse Owens, Harriet Beacher Stowe, and former president Ulysses S. Grant.

In this statue, sculptor Alan Cottrill depicts a middle-aged Edison wearing a typical work suit, standing in a relaxed position with a bent right knee, and holding aloft the invention for which he is most widely celebrated—the electric light bulb. Assuming his characteristic stance with his left hand in his pocket, he raises the inverted cone-shaped bulb known as the Edison light bulb in his right hand; a similar bulb appears in a 1911 photograph of Edison.

The pose evokes the Statue of Liberty. Above all, Cottrill sought to capture Edison's "energy and sense of accomplishment," aiming to convey his tireless activity. The bronze statue, inscribed EDISON on its self-base, stands on a speckled mahogany-colored granite pedestal with the simple inscription OHIO.
One Year Ago...
We Lit Up Milan's Square for Christmas!
Milan lights up Town Square like back in 1940. 

Photo was taken by Ben Smith.
True or False: Edison's second son, William Leslie, was born in Menlo Park.