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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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Great place to visit, loaded with history

Alot of history in the museum , the exhibits were great. We spent about 2 hour in the library and... read more

Reviewed May 15, 2017
Berrien Springs, Michigan
Wonderful Place To Visit If You Like History

We decided to drive from Mentor, OH to Fremont, OH to check out this presidential library and... read more

Reviewed May 7, 2017
Mentor, Ohio
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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
+1 419-332-2081
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Reviewed May 15, 2017

Alot of history in the museum , the exhibits were great. We spent about 2 hour in the library and then toured the house. The house tour was fantastic. President Hayes bought quite a few items from a White House yard sale and had them...More

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Reviewed May 7, 2017

We decided to drive from Mentor, OH to Fremont, OH to check out this presidential library and museum and we're SO glad we did! This is only the second presidential museum we've visited, but we were highly impressed. The grounds are known as Spiegel Grove...More

1  Thank HootieToo
Reviewed May 4, 2017

This was the eight presidential museum I have been to. Five were run by the Federal Government and three run privately. This one is privately run but as good or better than the others. I arrived right before they opened on a Thursday. The grounds...More

Thank OnTheRoadAgain1056
Reviewed May 2, 2017

Super great place to research your genealogy. Staff are friendly, helpful and very informational. Be sure to go on a tour of the mansion and walk through the museum.

Thank rejoice2218
Reviewed May 2, 2017

Happened upon this by accident, and it was one of the hi-lights of our trip. Spent 4 hours touring the Mansion & Museum. Wish we would've had time to research our genealogy in the Library (Hayes collected genealogy books). Incredible man, with an amazing family....More

Thank rejoice2218
Reviewed April 27, 2017

The Hayes Library and Home is a wonderful way to learn more about American History after the Civil War. Lucy Hayes was quite a woman. The home has had extensive renovaitions to take it back to the President's time period and is magnificient. There are...More

Thank LHoffman1978
Reviewed April 21, 2017

This is a great place to visit. The home is very nice and includes original items. Per our tour guide, this home was occupied until 1965 by a Hayes family member and they didn't get rid of anything. The museum includes a lot of neat...More

Thank chrisinohio1973
Reviewed March 31, 2017

Our nation's first Presidential Museum/Library! Plenty to see of the man himself in the museum - including his collection of Abe Lincoln's artifacts and a wall containing a letter from every president of the United States. The adjoining house is a treat due to all...More

2  Thank Porthos7
Reviewed March 20, 2017

The grounds are charming with many trees and a beautiful layout. You will learn of details once your tour the Presidential home of the people who lived in that home. You can actually step back in time and envision them living there. You will see...More

Thank Sandra A
Reviewed March 18, 2017

It was awesome to learn that Rutherford loved his wife and wrote her love letters all the time. Unfortunately she passed on in their bedroom but he was there for her.

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September 24, 2016|
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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
September 24, 2016|
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Response from raystrop | Reviewed this property |
It appears that someone else already answered the question. Sorry for the delay.