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Franklin D. Roosevelt Presidential Library and Museum

Address: 4097 Albany Post Road, Hyde Park, NY 12538
Phone Number: 800-337-8474
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Ranked #1 of 14 things to do in Hyde Park
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Historic sites, Libraries, Traveler Resources, Sights & Landmarks
Activities: Group tours/walking tour
Owner description: Historic site features the home and estate of Franklin D. Roosevelt, Springwood, and the Franklin...
Useful Information: Stairs / elevator, Bathroom facilities, Wheelchair access
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Type: Historic sites, Libraries, Traveler Resources, Sights & Landmarks
Activities: Group tours/walking tour
Hours:
Sun - Sat 9:00 am - 6:00 pm
Owner description: Historic site features the home and estate of Franklin D. Roosevelt, Springwood, and the Franklin D. Roosevelt Presidential Library and Museum, the only Presidential Library used by a sitting president. It was conceived and built under President Roosevelt's direction and opened to the public in 1941.The Library's mission is to foster research and education on the life and times of Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt, and their continuing impact on contemporary life. Our work is carried out by four major areas: Archives, Museum, Education and Public Programs.
Useful Information: Stairs / elevator, Bathroom facilities, Wheelchair access

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21 reviews 21 reviews
8 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 24, 2015 NEW

historic, interesting, really great museum. there is so much to see in this museum- great descriptions of events, photos, videos, original objects, and interactive. Spent over 2 hours here and could have stayed longer.

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Silver Spring, Maryland
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46 reviews 46 reviews
12 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 24, 2015 NEW via mobile

This was not as extensive as I would have thought. There were some excellent exhibits, including a special exhibit on Madeline Albright's pins, which frankly, was more interesting than the library's contents.

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Pacifica, California
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37 reviews 37 reviews
10 attraction reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

When we took a family vacation to upstate NY for Christmas, the rain encouraged some indoor activities so we decided to visit the FDR presidential library and museum. The museum was fascinating including information about FDR's and Eleanor's formative years, years in office, and years in which Eleanor left her mark after FDR passed away. If you are a history... More 

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Boston, Massachusetts
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22 reviews 22 reviews
8 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 17, 2015

It's only an hour north of NYC. Really, you should go. You really should! It's been recently renovated, and in the dead of winter in mid-February everything was up and running, the place was full, and the tours were booked. The museum houses his hand-driven car, personal letters/memos about WWII, and the Depression. They also have a giant paper mache... More 

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San Francisco, California
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4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 9, 2015

The first presidential library still stands apart from the others, perhaps because it's steps away from Roosevelt's home and gravesite and because he himself had a hand in the building's design. The exhibits are comprehensive and yet still seem like they're only hitting the highlights, given how event-filled his four terms were. You really come away appreciating how much the... More 

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Amesbury, Massachusetts
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10 reviews 10 reviews
6 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 9, 2015

The museum was full of interesting memorabilia and many displays were interactive. The short films were interesting. We spent an afternoon there but could have spent an entire day!

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Los Angeles, California
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140 helpful votes 140 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 16, 2015

While staying in Fishkill with my girlfriend and her family to attend a wedding, her mother handed me a brochure for the Franklin D. Roosevelt Presidential Library and Museum. I had no idea that his presidential library was located nearby! On our last day in New York, we had plenty of time before we needed to head back to JFK,... More 

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Nazareth, Pennsylvania
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 7, 2015

I found the history of the library very extensive and interesting. The Presidential library was well organized and the facts about president Roosevelt were presented with a manner that kept the visitor engaged. The movie theater played movie about the history of the place and the tour guides guided us nicely around the library. Easy access to other historic places... More 

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Wilmington, Delaware
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61 attraction reviews
57 helpful votes 57 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 5, 2015

Take a full day and immerse yourself in the Roosevelts! The library is a must see of artifacts and information. The house is a step back in time. Beautifully preserved and wonderful to explore. The park rangers are very knowledgeable and give you plenty of time to check out each room in the house. The garden where the Roosevelts are... More 

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Wilton, Connecticut
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 30, 2014

My boyfriend and I decided to head to the area 'just because' and wanted to check out the FDR Library and Museum on a Sunday. We started out with the tour of his home which was so neat. We had a GREAT park ranger who was SO knowledgeable and answered all of our questions during the tour and stuck around... More 

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