Edison Plaza Museum


The Edison Plaza Museum is located in the first building to provide electric power to east Texas, the 1929 Travis Street substation, which has been carefully restored to house the largest collection of Edisonia west of the Mississippi River. Through exhibits and displays of artifacts from all eight major fields in which Edison worked, the museum shows how other engineers have expanded on his achievements to improve our quality of life. For example, Edison's installation of the first central generating station in New York City in 1882 served as a launchpad for today's electric industry and research into alternative energy technologies.

Activity Details

Activity Type:Trips and Destinations
Discipline:Electrical
Topic(s):Electricity
Grade:K-2, 3-5, 6-8, 9-12
Time:Full day

Fun Fact:Thomas Alva Edison, inventor extraordinaire, also had a strong interest in English literature. It is said that his love of Shakespeare led him briefly to consider becoming an actor. However, his relatively high-pitched voice and extreme shyness (except when trying to get financing for his inventions) led him to pursue another career.