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“Very entertaining”

Thomas Edison Birthplace
Ranked #1 of 4 things to do in Milan
Certificate of Excellence
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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 17 July 2014

Yes you read that right, a historical place that was very entertaining thanks to the tour guide. We decided to make this a stop off between sandusky and PA after we saw some flyers for it. The town is scenic and very quaint. After finding the place we went into the adjacent building where one has to buy tickets and start the tour. The price is modest for the tour, for two adults and a child under 5 was $14. The real fun started with the tour of the actual Edison house. The tour guide who actually lived in the house behind the property was very lively and entertaining, she also really knew her stuff and had a passion for history. I would recommend this to anyone who wants to learn more about Thomas Edison or American history in general but leave kids younger than 5 at home, they lose interest quickly.

Thank businesstraveler3280
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Reviewed 22 June 2014

I took my daughter who had just got done reading the book. It is only 10 minutes from Sandusky but overlooked due to the bigger attractions in the area. We'll worth the hour and brought the history to life for my daughter.

Thank Jennifer S
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Reviewed 16 June 2014 via mobile

After an unexpectedly great visit to nearby Fremont, we stopped here. The drive between the Hayes presidential site and the Edison home is scenic. The Edison house and shop are tiny but still worth visiting. The tour guide was informative. The garden is lovely. Read all of the historic markers. Take a look around historic Milan while you're there, particularly the library building in the town square.

Thank Cynla
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Reviewed 14 October 2013

This is a wonderful place to visit especially the flower garden in the backyard. We were not able to go inside the building because it had closed for the day. Milan has an interesting history with its canal system which onced linked it to Lake Erie. It is located about 15 miles south of Sandusky and has many small shops on the town square. Recommend checking times on when the Edison Birthplace is open but the flower garden is well worth the trip.

1  Thank Robert B
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Reviewed 13 September 2013

The museum itself is quite small, but there are actually a number of authentic family artifacts and it has been very nicely restored. The garden was lovely while we were there. What made this especially interesting for us was our guide, Cindi, who was very knowledgeable, clearly enthusiastic about her subject, and able to answer all of our questions. We learned a lot about Edison [including a couple of his many inventions that were new to us, like the first talking doll -- there's a story!], home life in the early 1800s in this small town, and the background of the museum. With museums such as this, the guide's knowledge and interest can make all the difference for the visitor. You start your tour in a little gift shop, with a couple of Edison exhibits, and get to hear an old phonograph play. Note: houses of this era were not accessible. Stairs are steep and there are 2 flights. Also, check hours of operation after Labor Day. Website: www.tomedison.org

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