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Franklin D. Roosevelt Presidential Library and Museum

4097 Albany Post Road, Hyde Park, NY 12538
800-337-8474
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Ranked #2 of 14 attractions in Hyde Park
Certificate of Excellence 2013
Type: Historic Sites, Libraries
Activities: Group tours/walking tour
Owner description: Historic site features the home and estate of Franklin D. Roosevelt, Springwood, and the Franklin D. Roosevelt Presidential Library and Museum, the... more » 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. « less
Useful Information: Wheelchair access, Stairs / elevator, Bathroom facilities
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New Jersey
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36 reviews 36 reviews
10 attraction reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 13, 2014 NEW

I have been to the FDR home many times, but on this visit, the standout for me was the newly renovated library and museum. FDR designed the library himself, and it opened in 1941, thus making it the only presidential library to have been used by a sitting president. The exhibits focus on Roosevelt's early life, the Depression and New... More

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Cape May, New Jersey
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53 reviews 53 reviews
12 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 9, 2014 via mobile

I am a big History buff and this was amazing. We saw the house first which is step away. A must see! This is a well thought out floor plan. It takes you on a chronological tour of one of the most turbulent periods in our history. My wife, who is not a history nut, did not think she would... More

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COLLEGEVILLE
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17 reviews 17 reviews
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10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 31, 2014

This is one of the best museums I have seen. Make sure that you allow plenty of time to see it. Lots of great exhibits and the information is helpful to one who didn't know much abouut the period of FDR's life leading up to his Presidency.

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New York City, New York
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33 reviews 33 reviews
18 attraction reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2014

This place gives you a great history lesson on FDR and what he went through. The house is steps away.

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Perryville, Maryland
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13 reviews 13 reviews
12 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 12, 2014

From the outside, the building does not seem like there would be so much to see inside. Once you are inside and moving about, you will see that that is not the case. You can plan to spend hours walking through the museum. It is well designed and walks you through the life and presidency of FDR in a very... More

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Boothbay Harbor, Maine
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7 reviews 7 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 2, 2014

The total information displayed was mind blowing. The displays were arranged in chronological order, easy to read or watch and very informative. Unfortunately, anyone that has any handicap or difficulty walking will be maxed out just getting to the front door. It's like walking through a queue at Disney World without the entertainment and distractions. It wasn't crowded in February... More

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Kent, UK
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29 reviews 29 reviews
19 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 26, 2014

I really enjoyed visiting the Presidential Library. My friends took me to visit, and told me afterwards that they have never managed to see everything in one day. Lots of fascinating historical information about the period of FDR's presidency, that filled in big gaps in my knowledge of American history. Loved seeing FDR's beautiful car. Wish it was possible to... More

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Central Village, Connecticut
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31 reviews 31 reviews
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5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 21, 2014

We were looking for something to do and saw the Roosevelt library/home on a map. We went up there on a snowy Saturday and took the guided tour of the home, then toured the grounds and the library. The home was a good tour, but the libraryj/museum should be seen by everyone. The issues President Roosevelt faced during his administration... More

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Los Angeles, California
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15 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 12, 2014

I had not been here in decades, I grew up in Hyde Park, but it has been recently upgraded. For someone who does not want to spend time on a history tour -- this was quite impressive exhibit and certainly worth the visit. I only visited the museum this time not the house - and it was too cold to... More

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Randolph, New Jersey
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4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 1, 2014

I grew up in Hyde Park and had an opportunity to visit the Roosevelt house and museum. The recent renovation of the museum gives another perspective on the Roosevelt administration and historic period in U.S history. The museum captures how dire the conditions were in the US when FDR started his administration. His principles and many of his programs still... More

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