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Thomas Edison Birthplace
Ranked #1 of 4 things to do in Milan
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Owner description: Tiny brick house where the inventor Thomas Edison was born.The museum features a collection of rare Edisonia, examples of many of Edison's early inventions, documents, & family mementos.
Reviewed July 15, 2017 via mobile

This is a nice museum that is well worth the price. Many of the furnishings are as they were when Edison lived here as a child. What isn't either had family connections or are pieces from the period. Our tour guide, a former school teacher, was pleasant, very informative, and led a well-paced small group tour. We also enjoyed the demonstration of the Edison cylinder and disc players in the first building where you buy your tickets. Highly recommended, especially for Edison buffs.

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Reviewed July 12, 2017

The birthplace of Edison is a must see when in Mialn, Ohio. One marvels at the size of the house, and wonders how the Edisons ever lived in such a small place. Curators are very knowledgeable, too.

Thank Kath317
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taedison2014, Director at Thomas Edison Birthplace, responded to this reviewResponded July 14, 2017

Thank you so much for the kind words! We who work at the Birthplace all feel honored to be able to tell the story of this great man. We know he wasn't perfect, but we know that his life and work made a real difference in the world. It's that energy that you saw. I hope you have a good rest of the summer. Cordially, Lois Wolf

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Reviewed July 10, 2017 via mobile

This is a must see for historian buffs, antique lovers and children of all ages. The house is deceiving from the outside as it appears very small but actually it's quite spacious inside. Kids will love to see the vintage kitchen with the antique cooking tools. The stairs were very steep but worth the trip upstairs to see the bedroom with high windows. Our guide was very knowledgeable and answered all our questions. The gift shop in the visitors center had some vintage phonographs along with old records that still play!

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taedison2014, Director at Thomas Edison Birthplace, responded to this reviewResponded July 11, 2017

Thank you so much for your review! I'm very happy to know that you had a good time when you were here. Historically, Milan is full of surprises! Hope you have a good rest of your summer! Cordially, Lois Wolf

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Reviewed July 9, 2017

We arrived here late in the day over the 4th of July holiday weekend. We thought this might be a good learning experience for our grandchildren and for adults as well. A less popular tourist weekend probably would have made for a better overall experience, but we had to squeeze this into the time allotted for seeing all of our other sight-seeing destinations in northern Ohio. The tour for our extended family of 8 would have been at capacity for the tiny rooms where we to observe this history lesson, but a museum employee decided to crowd in two more people besides our family which made our tour group way over-crowded. Another drawback, our guide insisted on pointing out every minute detail in each room, which pushed the limits of endurance for our youngest grandchildren - 3 and 4. On another occasion, less crowded and with ample time to spare, this tour would provide a fascinating glimpse into our nation’s history and the life of this scientific genius.

Thank AvonIN
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Reviewed July 9, 2017

Edison lived in this 1-gabled house for the first 7 years of his life. Tours last 45 - 60 minutes and cost $7 for adults, $6 for seniors, $5 for kids 5-17 or $20 for a family. Admission is by tour only; check hours as they are somewhat limited.
We did not see any sign from the freeway of his birthplace, which is too bad.
Edison's father shingled houses and Milan was a shipping center due to the canal.

Thank jbwhitehouse
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