Franklin Delano Roosevelt Memorial

Franklin Delano Roosevelt Memorial

Franklin Delano Roosevelt Memorial
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This outdoor memorial is the most popular of presidential memorials, in large part because of its elegant design, which includes waterfalls and sculptures.
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  • anderson213
    Hannibal, Missouri798 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Good remembrance
    Good Memorial, with many different elements. Good water features and Fala, FDR's favorite pet, is also featured in the main piece. There's even a depiction of a Great Depression bread line depicted on the grounds.
    Visited June 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written June 15, 2023
  • AlexanderD
    Jackson, New Jersey5,612 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Well Thought Out
    I was pleasantly surprised by this monument to FDR. We went there on our way to the Mall and I’m glad we took the time to visit here. It was quiet when we were there, about 10:30am on a Wednesday and it’s setting is thus soothing and relaxing. The statues and water features all formed a coherent whole and make for a suitable monument to a momentous President.
    Visited July 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written July 2, 2023
  • Raintree_Thailand
    Bangkok, Thailand4,060 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Fabulous less-visited memorial!
    The FDR memorial is sprawled along the southwest banks of the Tidal Pool. The memorial is less visited than many others, because it's further afar than the main grouping of attractions along the Mall. But, it's extremely well done. Impressive and tasteful, with calming waterfalls, statues, symbolic stones, inscribed inspirational quotes. A visit to the FDR memorial may make people ask, "What happened to the America that once cared about the down-trodden, the poor, the disadvantaged? Where are the visionaries in politics with big, grand ideas for making America better?"
    Visited August 2023
    Traveled solo
    Written August 30, 2023
  • A Midlife Adventure
    Dursley, United Kingdom2,725 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    This is how a memorial should be, just beautiful and so relevant to him
    We walked here as part of a self guided tour of all the memorials. Initially I thought is that it and I walked on. Then I realised that this memorial is laid out in such a way as to recreate each term of office that he served from 1933 to 1945. Instead of reaching upwards it stretches over 7.5 acres with various tranquil water features, bronze statues and quotations. Not being of American descent and this not as familiar with each President’s term in office it certainly left me questioning how far the country is now from his objectives.
    Visited August 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written September 5, 2023
  • sfuhere
    799 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Very impressive
    I really liked this one. It makes a change from all the Greco-Roman style monuments. The quotes are well chosen and make you think. The statue itself is well done, though of course his dog steals the show! I most liked the waterfalls. A sign explained that the seeming messiness of them reflects the Cold War and the fact that it was messy too, but it kind of worked. It sounds crazy, but I know what that means. What stayed most with me though was the quote - “I hate war.” Indeed so.
    Visited November 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written November 12, 2023
  • Bea
    975 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Very original and the only presenting also the First Lady
    The Franklin Delano Roosevelt Memorial is dedicated as the name suggests to the 32nd president of the United States Franklin Delano Roosevelt. It is very original and definitely worth seeing. It was dedicated in 1997 by president Bill Clinton. It is really impressive, consists of various sculptures, water and is quite big in space as it is divided into 4 spaces devoted to his different periods of office which lasted 12 years. It also as the only one shows a First Lady, as there is a statue of First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt next to UN emblem, which honors her involvement in UN. In the Memorial you can see for example Franklin Delano Roosevelt with his dog Fala, there are also scenes from the Great Depression. There is also braille writing available for visitors. The Memorial is situated 13 min walking from the Lincoln Memorial, 20 min from the Washington Monument.
    Visited July 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written December 13, 2023
  • montanapescado
    Albuquerque, New Mexico1,364 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A Unique and Beautiful Memorial
    While I might not hold FDRs legacy in as much esteem as some, I do hold this memorial in highest esteem. It is beautifully architected, exceptionally well laid out, and wonderfully executed. The cool thing is that this memorial is not a single statue or obelisk, but an entire walkable story of an important legacy, artistically presented.
    Visited February 2024
    Traveled with friends
    Written February 29, 2024
  • lmr1
    25 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Unexpected gem.
    Came across this while going around the Tidal Basin, visiting the Lincoln, Jefferson and MLK memorials. This is a beautiful, and relaxing spot. It has different sections to wander between and probably doesn’t get crowded. There are some water features that I found serene. Also, there are restroom facilities, which is always helpful if you’re spending much time in this area.
    Visited March 2024
    Traveled solo
    Written April 23, 2024
  • Diana L
    Omaha, Nebraska135 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    A gem of a memorial
    This was part of my Washington Sights at Night tour, I found this memorial fascinating. I wanted to go back during the daytime but ran out of time during my trip. Lots of great quotes and pretty fountains and landscaping.
    Visited April 2024
    Traveled with friends
    Written May 20, 2024
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Greg E W
Virginia Beach, VA12 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2021
A do not miss on any visit, but horribly lit at night... Statuary is plentiful..detailing American struggles and hope. Full size breadline, man listening to radio, both he and Eleanor statues are amazing but unable to read most quotes. Imagine the above photo in the dark?VERY POOR lighting!
Written August 17, 2021
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F4981JCmichaels
Vancouver, WA2,650 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2021
One of the lesser known memorials in Washington D.C. In order to get here, you drive south of the "main drag" in the capitol, by the Tidal Basin, along SW Ohio Drive, park along West Basin Drive SW, a one way. Then walk about a half block to see the memorial. The memorial is sprawled along the Tidal Basin, behind the baseball fields. Up the street a few yards is the Martin Luther King Memorial too. FDR's cousin, Teddy Roosevelt, has a memorial on an island in the Potomac, and one must walk over a bridge to get to the island, and then walk in a woods to get to the memorial. Funny how things are laid out in Washington D.C.
Anyway, the FDR memorial is a tribute to this president, who helped rebuild the U.S. after the Great Depression and WW2. Ironic that in later life, he was confined to a wheel chair, but in order to get to his memorial, one must walk there. You can get there by wheel chair too, but it's not an easy access. It's tucked about a half block from the road. There are public restrooms here, as well as near the Martin Luther King memorial. The view of the Washington Monument from here is quite impressive too. The whole memorial is sprawled out, not just the first statue you see.
Written October 12, 2021
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Lynn S
League City, TX588 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2022
This is by far, I think, the largest memorial on the National Mall. It is four rooms, with each room representing one of the four terms of FDR's presidency. You should take your time and go through each room carefully and appreciate not only the beauty of the artwork but understanding what each thing represents. You can easily spend well over an hour seeing and appreciating all of the artwork and information.
Written June 9, 2022
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Christine
New York342 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2022
This museum takes it's time, splitting FDR's presidency into each of his four terms. The water features were turned off while we were visiting (probably still too cold), but there is much to see, read, and admire. This memorial is not as...flaunty (wish I could think of a better word) as the nearby Jefferson and Lincoln memorials, but that doesn't mean it's not done really well. There are beautiful views as well from this spot.
Written April 2, 2022
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Carolina_Traveler_7
Charlotte127 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2021
Very well done. Many of FDRs quotes on the walls, lots of water features, very inspiring.
I like that it’s scaled more as a park than a traditional monument. The statues of men waiting in the bread line were particularly poignant, and of course everyone wanted to rub the ears of the statue of FDRs dog. There’s also a statue of Eleanor R.
Adjacent to the MLK monument.

Written August 15, 2021
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Elaine644
Miami, FL67 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2021
I did not give this outdoor brilliant memorial enough time (traveling with family). I highly recommend that one take time to read all of the writings inscribed everywhere. Wonderful and very moving. Others described all of this better, and I just am adding my opinion: go see it. Take time. Immerse yourself. Going on a cool day definitely was a plus.
Written April 11, 2021
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bjsullivan2017
Gainesville, FL28 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2021
My favorite memorial. I had no idea it was going to cover so much ground. The waterfalls, the statues, various quotes of FDR, all spread out over 4 "rooms" to cover one for each term of office. I love the statue of FDR and his dog, and am happy to see there is also a statue of his wife Eleanor.
Written October 26, 2021
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AlexanderD
Jackson, NJ5,612 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2023 • Family
I was pleasantly surprised by this monument to FDR. We went there on our way to the Mall and I’m glad we took the time to visit here. It was quiet when we were there, about 10:30am on a Wednesday and it’s setting is thus soothing and relaxing. The statues and water features all formed a coherent whole and make for a suitable monument to a momentous President.
Written July 2, 2023
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montanapescado
Albuquerque, NM1,364 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Friends
While I might not hold FDRs legacy in as much esteem as some, I do hold this memorial in highest esteem. It is beautifully architected, exceptionally well laid out, and wonderfully executed. The cool thing is that this memorial is not a single statue or obelisk, but an entire walkable story of an important legacy, artistically presented.
Written February 29, 2024
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

Raintree_Thailand
Bangkok, Thailand4,060 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2023 • Solo
The FDR memorial is sprawled along the southwest banks of the Tidal Pool. The memorial is less visited than many others, because it's further afar than the main grouping of attractions along the Mall. But, it's extremely well done. Impressive and tasteful, with calming waterfalls, statues, symbolic stones, inscribed inspirational quotes. A visit to the FDR memorial may make people ask, "What happened to the America that once cared about the down-trodden, the poor, the disadvantaged? Where are the visionaries in politics with big, grand ideas for making America better?"
Written August 30, 2023
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

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