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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 #143 of 858 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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San Ramon, California
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12 reviews 12 reviews
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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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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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131 reviews 131 reviews
26 attraction reviews
69 helpful votes 69 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
5 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
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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34 helpful votes 34 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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23 reviews 23 reviews
10 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 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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Chicago
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37 reviews 37 reviews
20 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 24, 2014

We had an excellent docent who reached out to us and explained WHY we care about the 26th President. He did a particularly good job with the kids, which are the toughest of audiences for a tour like this. The museum portion of the tour has a bunch of glass display cases downstairs which were good but about 20 years... More

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South Jersey
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91 reviews 91 reviews
60 attraction reviews
93 helpful votes 93 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 14, 2014

Right off the bat, this place is not original. The original was knocked down (hey, it's New York), but this rebuild was done very shortly afterwards, headed up by Teddy's sister, who had been born in the original house, so it's extremely authentic. Next - the price is right - FREE! What else can you get for free in New... More

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home
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 14, 2014 via mobile

This will not wow anyone but the presidential history people but it was and interesting hour. The park service was informative and well versed in all facts and figures related to the home. Thx ranger Dan.

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los angeles
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17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 31, 2014

You can spend a very pleasant one day in New York's Flatiron District, roughly 14th to 29th Streets between Park and Fifth Avenues. Theodore Roosevelt Birthplace National Historic Site located at 28 E. 20th Street at Park Avenue is well worth your time and energy. It is open Tuesday to Saturday from 9:00 to 5:00. Tours of the house guided... More

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