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Theodore Roosevelt Birthplace National Historic Site

28 East 20th Street, between Broadway and Park Avenue South, New York City, NY 10003 (Flatiron District)
(212) 260-1616
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Ranked #152 of 863 Attractions in New York City
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Historic Sites, Monuments/ Statues, History Museums
Owner description: 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... more » Owner description: 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. « less
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Winterset, Iowa
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30 reviews 30 reviews
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7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 19, 2014 NEW

I've always been a Teddy Roosevelt fan, but this is the first time I've visited his birthplace in New York. It was very enjoyable. The interpretive Ranger did a nice job of pointing out the highlights of the home, and obviously had some passion about his job...and that's always nice. A portion of the museum is undergoing renovation, so until... More

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Gilbert, United States
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11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 9, 2014

The National Park Service has a fantastic tour that provides unique insight into Teddy Roosevelt's family and his early years, and really established a strong connection to their place in New York society at the time. The house itself is in a neighborhood and just a short walk from Gramercy Park. There were a few other visitors while I was... More

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 27, 2014 via mobile

An interesting way to spend an hour. Operated by the Park Service. The tours are given by knowledgable volunteers. You are able to get a good idea of what the homes of the wealthy looked like and pick up some tidbits on the Roosevelt family. The scale of the rooms and the furniture is interesting. It is nice to see... More

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Greeley, Colorado
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 19, 2014

Although the house is a recreation, it was interesting to hear about Roosevelt and see some of the original furniture. Also, the pictures and the displays are good for TR fans. Guides were great, very knowledgeable and eager to share.

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San Ramon, California
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8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2014

Be careful to show up on days when it is open and at times when they have tours. Plan to go in the morning or early afternoon.

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Stamford, CT
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65 helpful votes 65 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2014

I am a big Teddy Roosevelt fan, but there really isn't that much to see. The house was restored in 1920. The tour guide was great, but there is not that much to see. Check out the side room with all the photos.

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New York City, New York
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28 attraction reviews
76 helpful votes 76 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2014

Pretty sleepy/tired...but if you are a TR nerd, you will enjoy. The 25 min video before (mandatory) tour is very dated, and the viewing section is awful w/ a giant TV from about 20 years ago. That said, you do get a sense of just how curious a childhood TR had...combination of sickliness and taxidermy. House itself is pretty dull,... More

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New York City, New York
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6 reviews 6 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2014

On East 20th Street in New York City, a small house stands unobtrusively in the middle of the block. It is a replica, you might say, of a house built in 1848 where the twenty-sixth President of the United States was born ten years on, in 1858. There the family lived until 1872 when they moved uptown to 57th street... More

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Montreal, Canada
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35 helpful votes 35 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 10, 2014

Teddy Roosevelt was quite a character and his early life and developement are fascinating. This museum gives you an idea of the living conditions in the late 19th century of a wealthy family in NYC. It is a nice complement to a visit to the Lower East Side Tenement Museum. There's quite a bit of stuff specific to Teddy Roosevelt... More

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Downey, California
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26 reviews 26 reviews
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12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2014

It's my understanding that this building was recreated to be exactly as it was when he was born. It had no air-conditioning, and if the guides talk too long, you can become rather weary. It was well worth seeing if you also use your imagination about what the outside streets were like 150 years ago. It deepened my knowledge about... More

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