Preparing for your Group Tour of the Thomas Edison Center at Menlo Park
The Thomas Edison Center at Menlo Park works closely with schools, scout troops, seniors groups, clubs, summer camps, and businesses to provide special programming.
- Group tours of the museum, tailoring each tour to the specific group.
- Educational tours that are both fun and informative.
- Special tours can be arranged for seniors groups and clubs.
- Special evening tours for corporate events can be arranged when scheduling permits. Please call the museum to arrange a special tour (732-549-3299).
All large group tours must be scheduled in advance, either by calling, emailing, or filling out the form on our website.
Availability: Scheduled tours are available from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., Tuesday through Saturday. Special dates and times are available when scheduling permits.
Group Size: A group is 12 or more. Our museum can have approximately 40 visitors per tour; larger groups will need to be divided accordingly.
Future: Visitors and students awaiting a tour can browse the outside area interpretative signs or watch/participate in demonstration.
The tour is 40-50 minutes in length, longer for some ; please add additional time for the gift shop.
Accessibility: Our museum is on one level and we are ADA accessible. Special Needs: Please advise us of any special needs your group may have so that we are prepared and can provide your group with a comfortable experience.
Teachers are responsible for supervising their students while in the museum.
Cost: The suggested entrance fee is $5.00 per person (including teachers and chaperones). This helps to support the tour programs, which provide engaging, educational tours led by trained docents to our visitors.
A deposit is required for group tours.
Cancellations: Please contact us within one week in advance if you must change or cancel your trip.
Where to meet your tour guide: A staff member will greet you at the main entrance.
Parking: Free street parking is available.
Food: No food or drinks are allowed in the museum. A museum café is not available, however, during the Spring, Summer, and Fall seasons visitors can enjoy their lunch/snack at picnic tables near (or outside) the museum.
Museum Store: The Museum Store is open during regular museum hours. It is also available to teachers and students after their tour. Purchases of pens, pencils, postcards, etc. should be planned in advance and supervised. A list of items is available upon request prior to your visit and is available digitally. The preplanned purchase of gift shop items has delighted teachers, ..no long lines at the end of the tour. The orders will be processed by staff while the tours are in session, each purchase will be packaged – change included, with the name of the student/teacher clearly marked, and given to the teachers before boarding the return bus.