Lewis Latimer House Museum

Latimer House was the home of African-American inventor and electrical pioneer Lewis Howard Latimer from 1903 until his death in 1928.

The Lewis Latimer House is a modest Queen Anne-style, wood-frame suburban residence constructed between 1887 and 1889 by the Sexton family. Lewis Howard Latimer, an African-American inventor and electrical pioneer and the son of fugitive slaves, lived in the house from 1903 until his death in 1928. The house remained in the Latimer family until 1963. Threatened with demolition, the house was moved from Holly Avenue to its present location in 1988.

Lewis Latimer, who was born in 1848, was determined to overcome his lack of formal education and taught himself mechanical drawing while in the Union Navy and became an expert draftsman. He worked with three of the greatest scientific inventors in American history, including Alexander Graham Bell, Hiram S. Maxim, and Thomas Alva Edison. He played a critical role in the development of the telephone and, as Edison’s chief draftsman, he invented and patented the carbon filament, a significant improvement in the production of the incandescent light bulb. Over the course of his career, Latimer supervised the installation of street lighting and the construction of electric plants in many American cities, as well as London and Montreal.

Today, the New York City landmark’s exhibitions and public programs call attention to Latimer’s and other African-Americans’ contributions to science, technology and American life.

The Lewis Latimer House is owned by the New York City Department of Parks & Recreation, operated by the Lewis Latimer Fund, Inc., and is a member of the Historic House Trust.

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Pix11- Exploring the Lewis H. Latimer House Museum

Awards and Honors:
AT&T- Humanity of Connection Event


Lewis Latimer House Museum


Lewis Latimer House Museum
34-41 137th Street
Flushing, NY 11354
(718) 961-8585

As we continue to monitor developments surrounding COVID-19, HHT's partner sites are working to safely reintroduce visitors to their museums. Please check individual house museum websites for updated hours and visitation information.

Wednesdays, Fridays, and Sundays 12 p.m. to 5 p.m.
Closed on Sept. 1st and Nov. 28th through December 1st 2019.
Walk-in tours available and group tours need to be scheduled in advance.

ADA Accessible

Subway: Subway #7 to Main Street Roosevelt. Take Q25 to Linden Place and 35th Ave.
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$5 suggested donation for individual visitors; Groups of 6+ rsvp needed and $5 per person.

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