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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 #116 of 853 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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Montreal, Canada
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77 reviews 77 reviews
44 attraction reviews
31 helpful votes 31 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
10 helpful votes 10 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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33 reviews 33 reviews
16 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 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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55 attraction reviews
86 helpful votes 86 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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127 reviews 127 reviews
12 attraction reviews
51 helpful votes 51 helpful votes
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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11 reviews 11 reviews
8 attraction reviews
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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Melbourne, Florida
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6 reviews 6 reviews
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4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 26, 2014

Although TR's boyhood home (he lived here for the first almost fifteen years of his life) was demolished, I still gave this historical site a five-star rating. I did this because the house, though not authentic, was meticulously rebuilt according to the recollections of his sister. The informative National Park Service Staff also added to my five-star rating decision, as... More

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NJ
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87 reviews 87 reviews
29 attraction reviews
64 helpful votes 64 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 12, 2014

This is not a well known National Historic Site, and it's a real find - free tour of the re-built brownstone house as when the Roosevelt family lived in (through the 1870's), family furniture, & museum with displays (though currently many empty cases due to renovation). Make sure to go .5 hr before the tour (on the hr at 10,... More

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Escondido, California
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133 reviews 133 reviews
38 attraction reviews
220 helpful votes 220 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 10, 2014

I love National Historic Sites and I enjoyed my visit here, but there are a couple of important points. First, this IS the location of the actual Theodore Roosevelt Birthplace, but it is not the actual house. That house was torn down and then this was built later in the same style. The majority of the furnishings are period pieces... More

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Easton, Pennsylvania
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28 reviews 28 reviews
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12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 3, 2014

I have to confess that what initially drew me into this tour was that it was a free way to get to see the inside of a brownstone! However, I left the site a confirmed fan of Theodore Roosevelt. The tours are guided by Rangers from the National Park Service. Our guide, Mike Amato, was very informative and personable. He... More

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