Franklin D. Roosevelt Presidential Library and Museum

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Franklin D. Roosevelt Presidential Library and Museum

Franklin D. Roosevelt Presidential Library and Museum
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Historic Sites • Libraries • History Museums
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9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Monday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Sunday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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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.
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Mike O
Marshall, Minnesota, United States150 contributions
Sep 2021
My wife and I visited in early September. Our visit was part of a scheduled reservation to ensure spacing throughout the museum due to Covid. Uncertain if I missed a detail or the scheduling system is optimistic that the last reservation of the day provides sufficient time, but we felt very rushed to tour the museum before its closure. Our reservation was at 2:45 on a Sunday, and I believe the museum closed at 4:00. We definitely needed more than 75 minutes to tour the museum. We still greatly enjoyed our time in the museum and recommend it for others - just give yourself a good 90 minutes to 2 hours to tour the museum.
Written October 4, 2021
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AV9920
19 contributions
Oct 2021
This is the third presidential library I've visited and I always find them extremely informative; FDR's was no exception. It looks small from outside, but there is a lot to see/read here since FDR served 4 terms. As others have indicated, the interactive videos are still shut down and seating is limited throughout all the exhibits, so this probably isn't a great spot for kids or those who can't stand for long periods of time. Tickets are only $10 for adults making it cheaper than many other sites in the Hudson Valley region. The library sits within the broader National Park Service complex, so the grounds (which are free) are lovely to visit as well. FDR and ER (his wife, Eleanor) are buried on the site nearby the rose garden. Just note the other homes within the broader complex require different entrance tickets; you won't be able to visit them on the museum ticket. All tickets are timed entry during COVID.

The Culinary Institute of Art and Vanderbilt Museum are both located nearby, so you could easily combine those 3 into a day trip. The Walkway over the Hudson pedestrian bridge is located about 10 minutes away.
Written October 3, 2021
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Jim F
10 contributions
Nov 2021
We visited this after touring the FDR Home.

Reserving the tickets, which must be done online and in advance, is problematic. I have a disability national parks pass but I could only reserve 2 tickets at a time and there were 4 of us. So I reserved spots 15 minutes apart. Luckily the guard at the door let us all go in together.

It can be a bit congested at first with lots of people taking time to read everything. But overall it was a great experience.
Written November 29, 2021
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njronneberg
Berkeley, CA90 contributions
Feb 2020
It's easy to forget how great a president Franklin Roosevelt was. He captained the United States out of the Great Depression, brought us Social Security and other protections for ordinary people and inspired and led Americans in our WW II fight against Nazi Germany. This museum makes it clear how profoundly he shaped this country. The museum displays are clear, well organized and informative. It must have been nice to have a smart, compassionate and competent president then. The New Jersey Transit train (along the scenic Hudson River) leaves hourly from Grand Central Terminal to Poughkeepsie. This is a 90 minute ride that then requires a short taxi ride to the museum, itself. Apparently, during tourist season, there is a shuttle bus directly from Poughkeepsie station to the museum grounds.
Written February 14, 2020
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Modernizing
Baltimore, MD244 contributions
Aug 2021
This was a third visit to the library. Every time I visit I learn something new. The exhibit is incredibly well done, with a nice mix of visuals, text and artifacts. Because of Covid, much of the video recordings were restricted, but you could upload information from your phone. No matter how much you think you know about Franklin Roosevelt and the times, you will learn something new with your visit to the library.
Written August 8, 2021
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amattam209
Massapequa, NY165 contributions
Apr 2022 • Couples
Out standing museum. This museum gives great insight into the life and times of President Franklin D. Roosevelt and his wife Eleanor Roosevelt. The museum has many historical artifacts and documents , along with accompanying videos. I found the Presidential Library to be exceptional!
Written April 10, 2022
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Serguei2016
New York City, NY30 contributions
Nov 2021
It is really amazing how much you can learn from visiting the Library, the Museum and the House of FRR! The documents, pictures, artifacts and other exhibits provide details of both FDR's life/ personality as well as of the era when he lived and worked - from the early 20th century to the WWI to Great Depression and WWII. The Park rangers that provide guided tours are superb - very knowledgeable and professional but also warm and funny. We loved our visit!
Written November 30, 2021
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shakedownstreet69
4 contributions
Jan 2020 • Couples
What an amazing piece of history! We loved the entire experience here from the beginning to the end. Our guide knew so much about FDR and you could really tell that he enjoyed what he did. My favorite part was the car downstairs in the library. We will definitely be back again!
Written February 6, 2020
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Greg Harris
Yonkers, NY1,249 contributions
Jul 2020 • Couples
The Franklin D. Roosevelt Presidential Library is the first presidential library of the United States and one in which contains the records of President Franklin D. Roosevelt.

In the winter of 2018, I brought and treated my wife and myself for a visit to the library and we learned a great deal about the presidency of Franklin D. Roosevelt, the immense challenges that he faced as President, such as the Great Depression and World War II and his major triumphs, such as the passage of his New Deal policies.

Both my wife and I felt that the Franklin D. Roosevelt Presidential Library did an amazing job in detailing and showcasing the rich history and legacy of President Franklin Roosevelt and is definitely a top quality attraction to visit.
Written June 16, 2021
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DERtravels
Upland, CA1,349 contributions
Jul 2019 • Couples
Our visit to the FDR Presidential Library and Museum was a surprise to us as we never knew this was the site of the Roosevelt Home, Springwood. The 110 acre home property itself was purchased by FDR’s father in 1867. We toured the home with a docent. Fascinating history and the adaptations made to accommodate FDR after he contracted polio which took his ability to walk unaided.

After the house tour we toured he Presidential library and museum which was the first presidential library. FDR raised private funds to build the library and then gave it to the US government.

The library contains millions of pages of documents from the FDR era. The museum contains exhibits of the family, the Great Depression, the New Deal and WWII. The museum also contains personal FDR collections of coins, stamps and ship models.

The tour of the house took about one hour. We spent another 1.5 hours in the library and museum.

While in the Hyde Park area, you can also Val-kill, Eleanor’s retreat and the Vanderbilt Mansion. Each one of these sites is worth a few hours individually to explore.

There are great offerings at the site’s gift shops, ranging from books to new deal era trinkets.
Written June 25, 2020
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