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Theodore Roosevelt Birthplace National Historic Site

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Address: 28 East 20th Street, between Broadway and Park Avenue South, New York City, NY 10003
Phone Number: (212) 260-1616
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Description: The boyhood home (1858-1872) of the only United States President born in...
The boyhood home (1858-1872) of the only United States President born in New York City. The site includes galleries and 1865 period rooms that relate the story of young Teddy Roosevelt, his ranch days, presidency and exploration period.
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Every American Kid Needs to Come Here!

This was a happy accident. The Park Guides are so knowledgeable and their stories so rich you can't help leaving with a greater sense of citizen responsibility. Fascinating and... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed April 17, 2015
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Santa Barbara, California
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61 reviews 61 reviews
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29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 17, 2015

This was a happy accident. The Park Guides are so knowledgeable and their stories so rich you can't help leaving with a greater sense of citizen responsibility. Fascinating and important, the focus on TeeDes life as a boy is inspiring.

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New York, NY
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2015

This is the building where President Theodore Roosevelt was born. Teddy was the only president born in New York City and he lived here as a young boy (until age 14), batting serious illness. He later became known as a naturalist, outdoorsman, governor and is one of 4 presidents depicted on Mt. Rushmore. It all started here in this upper... More 

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Fort Dix, New Jersey
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12 reviews 12 reviews
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9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 5, 2015

TR's Birthplace was awesome! The unassuming brownstone is NYC's hidden gem. The museum portion is small but interesting. It houses Roosevelt's Rough Riders uniform as well as the shirt he was wearing and the notebook he was carrying during the 1912 assassination attempt. There are also panels of quotes. (This guy had so many great lines!) In terms of the... More 

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Albuquerque, New Mexico
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12 reviews 12 reviews
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5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 5, 2015

While most travelers see the "Big" sites this little museum was largely empty. A chance to see where Teddy Roosevelt was born and to see how his family lived. Worth the stop.

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Owings Mills, Maryland
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159 reviews 159 reviews
84 attraction reviews
95 helpful votes 95 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 2, 2015

Finding this historic site amidst brownstones a block or two from a busy city was a refreshing surprise. Inside there is a room full of primary sources to look at and read. The exhibit is well organized and maintained. There is also a video, but it's a reenactment from what appears to be the 80s. It's not as good as... More 

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Bengaluru
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 1, 2015

This historic site is really worth visiting, Historic site gives a lot of interesting and important information. There are exhibits of the clothes and other things used by the President. There are interesting piees of information neatly framed and exhibited in the museum. The Rangers were very friendly. There will be free tour. If you want to gather more information... More 

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Ocoee, Florida
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56 reviews 56 reviews
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21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 24, 2015

This is a fascinating place for history buffs. The tour guides are very knowledgeable and TR's sisters did a wonderful job of preserving the place. There is a display room that we visited before the tour that documents the family story from the original Roosevelt that emigrated to New Amsterdam (NYC) until TR's time. There is also a short film... More 

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Manhattan, NYC
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29 reviews 29 reviews
9 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2015

Visited here on a random Thursday afternoon last week. First, the Rangers and others who work here are incredibly nice, unbelievably knowledgable, and very informative. They gave lots of times for questions (of which I had several), and in just the perfect amount of time. Show up early to watch the little film (ok, it's cheesy). It really does give... More 

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Augusta, GA
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308 helpful votes 308 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 6, 2015

I have to give this just three stars even though the tour was free and the tour guide was extremely knowledgeable because there just wasn't that much to see compared to the myriad other historical homes we have seen. We love to visit the National Park Service historical sights; we highly recommend all of them. This is our umpteenth visit... More 

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Endicott, New York
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21 reviews 21 reviews
3 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 22, 2015

I had been trying to visit the TR Birthplace for a while, but either couldn't find it or it was closed. Check ahead of time for the days they are closed. But when I finally did get in, there is an excellent museum on the basement floor full of TR artifacts and other things related to the family. The ranger... More 

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