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“Truly worth it, real history” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Franklin D. Roosevelt Presidential Library and Museum

Franklin D. Roosevelt Presidential Library and Museum
4097 Albany Post Road, Hyde Park, NY 12538
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Ranked #1 of 14 Attractions in Hyde Park
Type: Historic Sites, Libraries, Museums
Activities: Group tours/walking tour
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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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“Truly worth it, real history”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 2, 2009

We make a point of visiting every few years. Make sure you couple this with the Vanderbilt Mansion. Well worth the time and money. Allow about 3-4 hours. We brought a picnic lunch. I can't recall if you can buy food here (don't think so), but we brought lunch. It's a true representation of American history... Such a beneficial, worthwhile site on lovely grounds.

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Wakefield, MA
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“Must See History !!!!!!!”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 15, 2009

I visited this museum after having recently visited the Eisenhower (Abilene, KS) and Truman (Independence,MO) presidential museums. They are a bit more modern than the Roosevelt Museum, but this was the very first presidential museum. With that being said, its history is no less important. First, you buy your tickets ($8.00) in the visitor's center and then watch the short film about his life.

The museum has different sections to it starting with his childhhod. There are lots of items to see and read. There are letters to his parents, Eleanor, and other people as well as diaries that he wrote, and papers from his time at Groton School and Harvard University. There are items to see from his childhood such as the outfit he was baptized in and photos that he took with his first camera. The sections include his political career before he became president and during his presidency with a big focus on the Great Depression, the New Deal and also on his leadership during World War 2. There is also a section devoted to the work that Eleanor Roosevelt did throughout her life even after he died. Some of the highlights include the desk that he used during his presidency which still has all of the items that he kept on it during that time such as the famous cigarette holder that he used, his 1936 Ford Phaeton, and his private study which is where he did some of is famous "Fireside Chats".

When you leave the visitor's center out the side door, which takes you to the museum, there is a very nice life sized statue of Franklin & Eleanor sitting at a table. Also, on the grounds are his home, which has its own review, and their graves which are in the rose garden.

Even though I highly recommend visiting the museum, I didn't quite feel that it deserved the top rating. We spent about 2 hours in the museum alone and then you can do a tour of the home as well which I also highly recommend.

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“Take a couple of hours to visit here”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2009

We were on a tight scheudle on our visit here and only allowed 2 hours to visit the home of FDR and the museum. The museum is wonderful and so well done. We could have easily spent a couple of hours in there. We also visited his home and the Val-Kil home of Eleanor Roosevelt. Those homes were both interesting as well, and can be viewed in an hour. There are places to picnic on the grounds of each of these locations if you have a blanket to put down.

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Toronto, Canada
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“Older but Very Interesting Presidential Library”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 5, 2009

The Roosevelt Library is the first of the Presidential Libraries. While not as modern as the newer ones, it has a really excellent collection from a president who what not only one of the greatest, but who served the longest and at the second most critical period in the history of the American Presidency.

The house portarys the somewhat dowdy taste of Sara Delano, Roosevelt's mother. It is neither a middle-class country home nor a baronial estate, but rather in between as an older mansion filled with Victorian and early twentieth century furniture. Roosevelt and Eleanor managed to make it somewhat of their own, but do visit Val-Kill for a site which truly reflects Eleanor's persona.

This is probably the number two historical attraction (after West Point) in the Hudson Valley.

Note the close proximity to the Culinary Institute of America, should you be planning a visit there.

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Lake George, New York
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“Always a Treat”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 4, 2009

I have been to the FDR Library many times over the last several years and I have never tired of seeing what it has to offer. Each time I learn something new as well. The house and library are quite interesting. This is really the first presidential library and also the one ever used by a President during his administration. If you have time and weather is good it is really nice to walk around the grounds.

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