Edison & Ford Winter Estates Re-Opens with new Tours and Exhibits


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PHOTO: Visitors tour the inside of the National Chemical Landmark botanic research laboratory. Courtesy of Ilene Safron and Main Sail Video Productions.

Edison & Ford Winter Estates Re-Opens with new Tours and Exhibits
FORT MYERS, Fla. (September 22, 2017) -- The Edison & Ford Winter Estates lab, museum and research gardens located on the east side of the property will re-open on September 30. Edison Ford plans to have the Ford Estate open for guided tours on October 21 and re-opening of the Edison Estate is anticipated for late October.

Specialty tours and presentations will be offered every day. Historians and curators will lead "Ask the Expert" presentations on topics including the Edison and Ford families, Ford's involvement in World War II, Edison's patents, as well as automobile presentations. Phonograph lectures and demonstrations will also be offered.Special Inside-the-Lab tours will take visitors behind the scenes in the lab where guests are not normally permitted. There is also a new guided tour of the museum and research gardens, led by curators and horticulturists that takes guests through the propagating nursery and discusses Edison's rubber research project. The Edison Wild Wizards will present daily hands-on science programs related to the inventions of Edison and Ford. In addition, two new exhibits will open: the Smithsonian Spark!Lab exhibit and the Timeline of Innovation. The Smithsonian Spark!Lab is a hands-on, interactive exhibit for families and children. A series of rotating stations with themes from vehicle construction to understanding sound waves will challenge visitors to place themselves in the mindset of an inventor. The Timeline of Innovation is a chronological exhibit of both Edison's and Ford's major innovations. The timeline highlights achievements in dozens of fields and will showcase some of the most interesting artifacts. It will also provide visitors with a narrative on how Edison, Ford, and others built on earlier innovations to create their own inventions.On September 30, living history characters, Thomas and Mina Edison, will be on site for photo opportunities and food trucks will provide refreshments.Below is the schedule of daily museum activities and presentations.

  • 10 a.m. Phonograph Demonstration
  • 10:30 a.m. Inside-the-Lab Tour ($5 additional charge)
  • 11 a.m. Ask the Expert 
  • 11:30 a.m. Guided Tour of Museum and Research Gardens ($5 additional charge)
  • 12 p.m. Hands-On Science with the Wild Wizards
  • 1 p.m. Phonograph Demonstration
  • 2 p.m. Hands-On Science with the Wild Wizards
  • 3 p.m. Ask the Expert Presentation
  • 3:30 p.m. Phonograph Demonstration
Admission for the museum and lab (additional charge where noted above):

Adults: $15, Teens (ages 13-19): $12, Children (ages 6 -12): $8, Edison Ford members: free

The Edison River Pavilion is open and available for wedding and corporate events. Regular hours of 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. will resume on September 30 for the museum and laboratory only. For additional information, call 239-334-7419. 


Edison & Ford Winter Estates

Edison Ford is open daily from 9:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Edison Ford has been awarded the National Stewardship Award from the National Trust for Historic Preservation. It is an official project of “Save America’s Treasures," a Florida Historic Landmark and a National Register Historic Site. Recently, the Edison Botanical Laboratory was designated as a National Historic Chemical Landmark.