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“History buffs will love this” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Theodore Roosevelt Inaugural National Historic Site

Theodore Roosevelt Inaugural National Historic Site
641 Delaware Ave, Buffalo, NY 14202
+1 716-884-0095
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Ranked #4 of 90 Attractions in Buffalo
Type: Historic Sites, Cultural
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Owner description: Theodore Roosevelt was inaugurated as President of the United States in 1901 in Buffalo, NY, after the assassination of President William McKinley. Exhibits focus on the assassination and inauguration, details of Roosevelt's life and consequential issues of the day no less important to citizens more than a century later. Visitors can also tour nearby historic neighborhoods.
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“History buffs will love this”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 14, 2013

After the assassination of President McKinley at the Pan-American Exposition in Buffalo, his VP Theodore Roosevelt was sworn in in the library of this historic house. I was expecting a standard historic house tour, but instead there's about three rooms of nicely restored house and the rest is a highly interactive museum focusing on the Pan-American Exposition and TR's life and presidency. Includes a replica of TR's presidential office in the upstairs, with an interactive desk where you can sit and use touch-screen apps to take your photo as "President for a Day," sign or veto bills, see your name in the headlines - fun! Lots of touch-screen movies and games throughout, some geared more towards kids and tweens while others have meatier information for older students and adults. Shows how TR had to deal with many of the same problems that face Presidents today, including balancing wealth between big business and workers, race, immigration, conservation, and when to get involved in foreign countries' disputes. I was very impressed that ALL of the electronic exhibits worked - I ended up trying them all and learned a lot. There's also some info on the actual house owned by TR's friend Mr. Wilcox, and the library restoration to how it looked when TR took the oath was very impressive after I read that the entire library was gutted during the 30s and turned into a restaurant! You need to take the guided tour to see the house - our tour guide was very good and the tour is structured with sound effects and film clips to give a "you are there" feeling. A Smithsonian-quality exhibit. If you're the type who enjoys "The American Experience" or old HIstory Channel documentaries, this is a must-see.

Visited January 2013
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“Step Back in Time to 1901!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 18, 2012

The Wilcox Mansion was saved from its former life as a restaurant and restored to its true glory as the inauguration site of one of our greatest presidents. The tour guides are super-knowledgeable and the site itself does the most with a limited space. There is off-street parking and a nice gift shop. There are not many people who can say that they have a relative who had a wedding in the same place where a president was sworn in! Don't miss one of Buffalo's historical gems in a neighborhood packed with historic mansions.

Visited January 2012
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Whitby, Canada
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“A classic bit of history”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 19, 2012

Good parking in a hip neighbourhood.
Reasonable price for a guided tour of the home where Teddy Roosevelt was sworn in as President after the assination of President McKinley.
Most of the rooms have some of the original furniture from the time.
The main floor of the home has displays showing Buffalo during this period.
A very informative movie is shown and there is a hands on display at the end of the tour.
A must see for American history buffs.

also describes how Buffalo was once a great

Visited May 2012
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“worthwhile stop at historical site in Buffalo, NY”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 6, 2012

This was an unexpected gem on a rainy day in Buffalo--an informative and fascinating tour by charismatic guide, Mark, opened my eyes to the circumstances under which Roosevelt was hastily inaugurated, as well as providing a sense of the political and social atmosphere at the time. It was appreciated that Roosevelt wasn't totally idolized, and the exhibit was frank about Roosevelt's views of African Americans. I do agree that $10/person was a bit steep, but the site is not 100% funded by the government and np system, if I understood correctly. I would recommend this for fans of national historical sites and parks, or anyone wanting to learn more about an American president. Bathroom facilities are very clean, the gift shop has some whimsical items and plenty of literature. Also, there is a small parking lot available behind the Wilcox Mansion.

Visited October 2012
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“Teddy And the Times”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 24, 2012

This is an attraction that gives you a sense of both TR and the times in which he lived. I love history and learning about the small facts surrounding the events that are recorded in history books. I didn't know TR had rushed to the site so quickly he didn't have appropriate clothes to be sworn in as president. He ended up taking the oath in borrowed clothes. For me, that makes it more interesting. The house is interesting in its own right and the stroll along Delaware Avenue past all the other mansions of the time is also worthwhile. The tour didn't take long but there was ample time to look around after it. I found myself wondering what Teddy would think of today.

Visited September 2012
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