On July 1, Edison and Ford Winter Estates will open the 15,000- square-foot air-conditioned Museum and historic Botanic Research Laboratory. The Botanical Gardens and the Riverside of the property remain open as well. The site is open seven days a week from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
The Museum will feature a returning exhibit, “DC vs. AC: Edison, Tesla, Westinghouse, and the Race to Electrify America.” The exhibit illuminates the relationship between Edison, Tesla, and Westinghouse and explores their contributions to electricity. The curatorial staff are also giving two existing galleries in the museum a makeover, so there will be several new areas for visitors to view. The children’s Spark!Lab is currently closed.
Guided Tours will once again be available and limited to groups of 10 people to ensure everyone can adequately practice social distancing. Self-guided tours are also available, and allow visitors to use an app on their personal phone along with a printed map of the site. Guests will learn about Thomas Edison and Henry Ford, while strolling more than 20 acres in a park-like setting.
With opening the Museum and Laboratory, regular-priced admission tickets are in effect. Admission tickets for self-guided tours are as follows: adults: $25; teens ( 13-19), $20; children (6-12), $15; children 5 years old and younger will be admitted free. Guided Tours: adults: $30; teens, $25; children, $18. Members get in free. Visitors are encouraged to purchase tickets online at edisonford.org.
Following guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control, all staff are wearing protective masks, and surfaces are cleaned and sanitized daily. Visitors will be required to wear masks during guided tours; masks are recommended for self-guided tours. All visitors should practice social distancing throughout the site.