Greenbelt Museum

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Greenbelt Museum
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MarylandTom
Bethesda, MD63 contributions
The town of Old Greenbelt was the first of four "green towns" planned by the federal government as part of Franklin Roosevelt's New Deal plan to get the economy going again during the Great Depression. Eleanor Roosevelt helped lay out the town. This museum is in one of the original Old Greenbelt houses--a small townhouse furnished in 1930s style with exhibits about the town's construction and lifestyle then. If you're NOT interested in urban planning, art deco architecture, life in the 1930s, or the New Deal, you may not find much here to enjoy. It's within walking distance of the town center with a Community Center with more exhibits, as well as restaurants and a movie theater.
Written November 12, 2008
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polanka221
Greenbelt, MD18 contributions
Couples
The museum is quite small as it fits into one unit of the homes built as part of the green cities program of Roosevelt's New Deal. The home is furnished in period furniture, much of it items that were original to the community. The office/interpretive area/gift shop is in the former garage so it is quite cramped. However, everyone who was there the day we visited seemed to be quite knowledgeable about the community and the period. We were escorted around the home after seeing a short film on the history of the community and given plenty of time to discover the interesting features of the home. The mainly volunteer staff were very willing to answer our questions. The museum currently has very limited hours: Sunday afternoons and occasional other days when there is a major festival in Greenbelt.
Written April 15, 2016
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Manuel1753
Greenbelt, MD35 contributions
Family
If you want to know the history of Greenbelt, this is the place to go. The area is just right for an hour or two stroll and exploration. If you are in the area, it's great to pay a visit to this place to educate yourself.
Written November 28, 2013
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barymad
bethesda, md.1,123 contributions
Couples
Most people have no idea what a cutting edge and innovative community, historic Greenbelt, Maryland is. Thus museum tells the story of the city's interesting and storied past. Not a large museum, but a terrific place to spend a couple of hours and discover what a fascinating town this really is.
Written July 13, 2016
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jazzbird925
Washington DC, DC67 contributions
Couples
My husband and I are always looking for weekend day trips and happened upon this museum while googling for something to do on a unseasonably temperate day. Only 20 or so minutes from our home, we decided to give it a try. Honestly, our expectations were not high as we only think of Greenbelt as home to NASA Goddard Space Flight Center.

What a pleasant and lovely surprise. The museum is located in the first of only three New Deal era “green towns" constructed in 1935 during FDR’s administration. The staffers are warm, lovely and well-informed. The intro film provided good insight and background, enabling us to appreciate and enjoy the house tour after which per the recommendation of our tour guide, we explored the historic district, plaza and the deco movie theater where films are still shown.

Highly recommend, particularly on a lovely walkable day. What a treat!
Written March 6, 2016
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packmule92
296 contributions
The greenbelt museum is actually pictured in the lower right. We spent an afternoon listening to historical information from the two great hosts of the museum. Then you get to tour one of the small homes in this historic area. It might be a small museum but it has some great advantages over some bigger ones. More personal attention and wonderful personal tour of one of the original homes. Be sure to check times of the museum. Usually limited to only a first Sunday if ever month. Don't miss it though
Written October 19, 2014
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Lucy20770
Quakertown, PA23 contributions
Friends
This museum is a little piece of the past in Historic Greenbelt. It is a home set up to demonstrate life in 1937. The kitchen and bathroom and furniture are original to the period.
Visit on a Sunday afternoon and be sure to see the film about the origins of Historic Greenbelt, a planned community that still thrives today.
Written January 22, 2012
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EDJfromDE
Wilmington, DE33 contributions
In the late 30's and early 40's President Roosevelt and his wife envisioned a nation of planned cooperative communities. They (especially Mrs. Roosevelt) were vital sponsors of this concept. Mrs Roosevelt herself played a critical role in funding and establishing one such community; Greenbelt, Md. This was to be the Gold example of what New Deal America was to be. The house at 10B Crescent Rd in Greenbelt is a trip back in time to a time when the Great Depression still weighed heavily on everyone's minds, yet the Second World War had not yet consumed America. Our docents lead us on a thoroughly enjoyable trip back in time. My wife and I are blessed with a 9 year old who is fascinated by history. The three of us had a wonderful time exploring this house complete with stories of what it was like to grow up in this unique community. Since it is at the end of the Metro Green line, Greenbelt is an excellent place to stay for a weekend trip to DC. MLK and President’s Day are both federal holidays and the three day weekends make a great opportunity to see DC without the crowds. Since the house is only open Sundays, plan accordingly. If you are bored with stories of “when I was young” don’t bother, but if you enjoy that kind of thing this was well worth the 1-2 hours!
Written January 16, 2012
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Margaret B
Greenbelt, MD630 contributions
I visited during the Greenbelt Labor Day Festival, when they had a special county fair exhibit. Knowledgeable docents who were very informative. Great to learn the Greenbelt story.
Written September 4, 2019
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Krkinva
Alexandria, VA97 contributions
Business
The museum is a living tribute to The New Deal and the Roosevelts. There's a museum, which is one of the original homes decorated as it would have been when it originally opened. There is also a tour of the area, which was wonderful. The docents are residents and well-versed in the history of the community.
Written June 27, 2016
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