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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 #1 of 14 Attractions in Hyde Park
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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: Bathroom facilities, Stairs / elevator, Wheelchair access
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Washington DC
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152 reviews 152 reviews
64 attraction reviews
70 helpful votes 70 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 18, 2014 NEW

The drive up to Hyde Park is lovely in October. When you get there, you will find a wonderful FDR museum. Almost every aspect of American history in the first half of the 20th century is there, spelled out for you: the politics, the priviledge, the poverty, the Depression, the New Deal, the amazing energy of two of America's most... More

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Martha's Vineyard, Massachusetts
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33 reviews 33 reviews
11 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 18, 2014 NEW

FDR is one of my favorite presidents, and I couldn't wait to come visit his museum. It's pretty astonishing to think that he established the country's 1st Presidential library while in office and during such a trying time. He was dealing with his illness, Polio, and WWII, and so many other issues during this time. The grounds were nice, and... More

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Los Angeles, California
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23 reviews 23 reviews
13 attraction reviews
45 helpful votes 45 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 16, 2014 NEW

The first of the presidential museums. Spend the better part of a day here, take the guided tour of the Springwood estate. The museum in the library is great. Stroll the grounds. You can get tickets online ahead of time. Afterward, stop by the Hyde Park Brewing Co. after your visit for some beers and dinner or whatever. Val Kill... More

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Princeton, New Jersey
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97 reviews 97 reviews
53 attraction reviews
37 helpful votes 37 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2014 NEW

In retrospect I would skip the house and do this and Val-Kil. The Madelaine Albright collection of pins was a special treat.

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Austin, Texas, USA
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29 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2014 NEW

Being the first of the currently 13 Presidential Libraries, it is a treat to visit the first one established and the only one used by a sitting president. The library and museum provide a wealth of information about the only three-term president and a great leader.

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Hyde Park, New York
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25 reviews 25 reviews
8 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2014 NEW

We went to the library primarily to see Madeline Albright's pins and after enjoying that amazing exhibit, we continued on to the Roosevelt exhibits. The exhibits are multimedia, historical, interesting and worth the time. The history of the time was explored as well as the history of the Roosevelt's, warts and all. It was a great experience, almost more than... More

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Columbia, South Carolina
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7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2014 NEW

I have always wanted to visit this property, and I finally did. The new exhibits are exceptionally well done. Seeing Roosevelt's personal study was really a treat.

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Suffolk County, New York, United States
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9 reviews 9 reviews
6 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 13, 2014

I have always been a fan of FDR and have been wanting to visit Hyde Park for years. What a great place! Really makes you appreciate the legacy of a great President and great man! The library is engaging and well done. The home is gracious and interesting. I loved every minute of it.

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olyphant , pa
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53 helpful votes 53 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 13, 2014

We spent hours here. So much to take in. I learned a lot of history. I really enjoyed learning more about Eleanor, too. We spent so much time here we didn't have time for the house tour! As an added bonus, Madeleine Albright's pin collection was also on display. Interesting and fun!

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 13, 2014

The library is located in a lovely setting. It deals mostly with FDR's presidency, and the New Deal and WW2 have special focus. If you're looking for detailed information on the who and why of FDR, get Ken Burns' series on DVD. I learned more about Secretary Albright's pins than the president. One other thing: if you're going to charge... More

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