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Electricity: Lighting a Revolution

Electricity: Lighting a Revolution

– Permanent

American History Museum
14th and Constitution Ave., NW
Washington, DC

Location: 1st Floor, East Wing, Electricity Hall

This exhibition reveals—through five interwoven stages—how Thomas Edison's incandescent electric light bulb and other inventions began to transform our world and examines the similarities and differences between the process of invention in Edison's era and today.

The exhibition features:

  • a bulb from a public demonstration of Edison's light in Menlo Park during Christmas week, 1879
  • early electrical appliances for the home; some which caught on, such as electric fans, and some which did not, namely the electric marshmallow toaster.

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