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Rutherford B. Hayes Presidential Library & Museums

1337 Hayes Ave, Spiegel Grove, Fremont, OH 43420-2701
+1 419-332-2081
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Wish we had allowed more time

This was a last minute planned stop and I wished we allowed more time. The Presidential election of... read more

Reviewed 4 days ago
Jacklyn S
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Stony Point, NY
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A Must for History Buffs!

If you love Presidential history, this is a place for you to visit. My wife and I recently visited... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Jack T
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Bright, Indiana
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The Rutherford B. Hayes Presidential Library & Museums is dedicated to 19th U.S. President Rutherford B. Hayes and First Lady Lucy Hayes. The site houses their 25-acre wooded estate, known as Spiegel Grove; their 31-room Victorian mansion; the presidential library; a museum that was completely renovated in 2016; the tomb; and a mile of paved walking trails. There are fees to tour the museum and the home. Use of the presidential library, which has a massive genealogy and local history collections, is free. The first floor and and part of the second floor were restored in 2012 to look as it did when Rutherford and Lucy lived there. Nearly all of the furniture, paintings and artifacts in the home belonged to and were used by the couple and their family. The museum was renovated in early 2016 and includes interactive exhibits that tell the story of Rutherford and Lucy, the issues they faced and what they thought about those issues. Sit at a replica of the Resolute Desk - the original was given to President Hayes and still sits in the Oval Office of the White House - try on a Civil War soldier's haversack and more. The Rutherford B. Hayes Presidential Library & Museums is America's first presidential library and the forerunner for the federal presidential library system. The facility is celebrating its centennial in 2016. The site is open seven days a week most of the year. From January through March, it is closed on Mondays. It is also closed on Christmas, New Year's, Martin Luther King Jr. Day, Easter and Thanksgiving. Hours on federal holidays are noon to 5 p.m.
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1337 Hayes Ave, Spiegel Grove, Fremont, OH 43420-2701
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Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

This was a last minute planned stop and I wished we allowed more time. The Presidential election of 1876 appears to have been crazier than our recent election. The Musuem had very interesting displays. This was the first Presidential Librairy. The first floor of the...More

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Reviewed 1 week ago

If you love Presidential history, this is a place for you to visit. My wife and I recently visited the home and library/museum of R.B.H. We started by viewing the home (which has a total of 33 rooms, 18 of which are bedrooms) and were...More

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We stopped here to see, for ourselves, why this library and museum was listed as one of the highlights in northern Ohio. The great displays, the history and the breadth of the 19th U. S. President's own Library, is something to behold. This one is...More

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Since we are birders we decided to visit this estate and walk around. Beautiful grounds and it costs nothing to do this. There is a museum and house tour but we never went inside. Saw many locals walking their dogs and enjoying the weather. One...More

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Unfortunately we only had time to visit the home and the burial site but the tour of the home was excellent and the grounds were very nice.

Thank Karen B
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Kristina S, Public Relations Manager at Rutherford B. Hayes Presidential Library & Museums, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Thank you for the nice review! We're glad you enjoyed your visit! We hope you can come back and see the museum sometime.

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

The house is just full of items from the 1800’s. We loved the museum too. Beautiful estate- very well preserved. Highly recommend!

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Kristina S, Public Relations Manager at Rutherford B. Hayes Presidential Library & Museums, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Thank you for the nice review! We're glad you and your family enjoyed visiting us!

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

I can't believe this place wasn't packed with American citizens waiting to see one of the best preserved presidential homes in the United States. Kent took us on an 1 1/2 hour tour that barely scratched the surface of everything there is to explore. He...More

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Kristina S, Public Relations Manager at Rutherford B. Hayes Presidential Library & Museums, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Thank you for the nice review and for your support! Kent does a wonderful job. Our guides love what they do, and it shows. We're glad you enjoyed your visit!

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Reviewed April 24, 2018

An impressive gem off the ohio turnpike that I passed many times without stopping. I was blown away by this magnificent site! I have visited many presidential homes and this rates among the best in terms of interest and beauty. We were fortunate to visit...More

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Reviewed April 23, 2018

Trip advisor contributors nailed it again. Stopped here on a road trip to visit mansions and points of interest. Was not disappointed. The house consists of some 31 rooms, but you only get to see the first and second floors. Our tour guide, Cathey, spent...More

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Kristina S, Public Relations Manager at Rutherford B. Hayes Presidential Library & Museums, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Thank you for the nice review! Cathey does a great job! We're glad you enjoyed your visit!

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Reviewed February 22, 2018

This was my first time to visit the Hayes Presidential Library and Museums. I was more than impressed. There are many things to see. The guides through the house are very knowledgeable. The house itself is stunning. The museum has many artifacts about President Hayes...More

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Kristina S, Public Relations Manager at Rutherford B. Hayes Presidential Library & Museums, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Thank you for the nice review! We're glad you enjoyed your visit!

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Sharen B
June 7, 2018|
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Response from Amusementparkguy | Reviewed this property |
The new admission price is: 2 day pass which is good for the museum and the home tour: $20 for adults ($18 for AAA members, 65 and older, and military), $10 for students ages 13-18, $5 for students 6-12, and free for... More
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Pat R
September 27, 2017|
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We traveled by car, so I didn't notice any area specific to RVs. They do bus school groups in. I just checked their website.under "Visitor Tips and Accessibility" which clearly states that bus and RV parking is available... More
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Response from AggieJoe79 | Reviewed this property |
One correction to an earlier post - the museum and home are now open for tours (there was renovation going on the first part of the summer), admission to either is $7.50 each or $13.00 for both. You can walk the grounds and... More
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