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“So worth the time”

Theodore Roosevelt Birthplace National Historic Site
Ranked #123 of 1,173 things to do in New York City
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: The boyhood home (1858-1872) of the only United States President born in Manhattan. It is a national historic site managed by the National Park Service. The site includes galleries and 1865 period rooms with original objects that relate the story of young Theodore Roosevelt, his ranch days, presidency and exploration period.
Useful Information: Activities for young children, Stairs / elevator
Reviewed January 5, 2013

With all the portrayals of Teddy Roosevelt later in his life and during his presidency, it was such a delight to see a gimplse of where the legend started his life. Due to my not reading the website correctly, I ended up there twice (they are closed Sundays and Mondays), but made the time on the morning of my departure to go back and not only see the small museum, but to take the tour of the house. It was interesting to learn how delicate he was in youth and then quite the scrapper he became as an adult. Please make the time to go.

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Reviewed September 16, 2012

As other reviewers have noted, you'll have an excellent tour with well-informed and enthusiastic guides and you'll gain a new appreciation for a truly unique man. This year, 2012, is the 100th anniversary of the election campaign in which he was shot by a would-be assassin. The shirt with the hole in it, the glasses case, and his thick speech manuscript that slowed the bullet, are all on display. This year, the gun is also here on loan. Though the bullet stayed in his chest the rest of his life, he went on to give his speech before going to the hospital. He didn't win this election, but did make a large impact as a third-party candidate. Reading his quotes and hearing about the challenges he faced as president and as a private citizen, you realize that history really does have a lot to teach us about the responsibility of good citizenship. There are narrow stairs inside and a few stairs at the entrance. We traveled with elderly family members who were able to use the elevator inside and were provided seats in each of the rooms we visited, but they had to be able to navigate the entrance stairs themselves.

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Reviewed September 7, 2012

Visited here with family during our recent New York trip. I had to see Teddy's birthplace as I had read two books recently about his life. This home was also not too far from my hotel which was another bonus. This is a National Historic Site and there is no cost to visit. The Roosevelt home is noted to be a typical New York brownstone and the Roosevelt family lived on this site until 1872 when Teddy was 14. This is not the original house, as the original was torn down, but a replica house was built in approx. 1920 after Teddy's death as a memorial to his life. A tour is offered on the hour which lasts about 30-40 minutes. Our tour guide was just excellent, very knowledgeable and well spoken. He kept the group's interest and had a number of stories about the Roosevelt family. Our tour guide noted that this house was typical of an upper class family residence in New York City during the time period. The house can only be seen on tour. Photos can be taken, but no flash allowed and the rooms are dimly lit. We were able to tour two floors, including the living room, parlor, dining room, master bedroom and children's bedroom. We learned that most of the furnishings are either from the original house or were provided by family members. The house is beautifully decorated inside. There is also a small gift shop that has books about Teddy Roosevelt and other souvenirs. There is a small museum detailing Teddy's career. I was especially intrigued to see the shirt he was wearing when he was shot in the chest during a speech, the bullet hole visible in the shirt. In addition, the speech paperwork and glass case, all with holes from the bullets are also on view in the case. Although Teddy was shot, he continued his speech to the end. The house and museum is a wonderful tribute to our 26th President who led a remarkable life. Be sure to visit for this slice of history while visiting New York!

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Reviewed August 26, 2012

A fascinating glimpse into New York City of the late 19th and early 20th century, as well as the early days of our 26th president. What a remarkable man and life! This home is a replica. The original was torn down in 1916 and was recreated as a memorial after Roosevelt died in 1919. A must for history buffs. Located just off Gramercy Park near Park Ave. South and Broadway. Open Monday to Friday and operated by the National Park Service.

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Reviewed August 26, 2012

My family and I decided to check out the Theodore Roosevelt birthplace in NYC this past Saturday and we all left very impressed. The museum has a very interesting, thorough exhibit on Teddy's life on the ground floor, with guided tours on the hour. The tour group was small, about 10 people which made our experience very personal. Our tour guide was very enthusiastic and knowledgeable. We learned so much about this very important American's life in just an hour. Highly recommend this tour/museum. Doesn't require a lot of time and is well worth the trip. Just would advise against bringing small children, as the house is staged to appear as the Roosevelt family lived in it with furniture and details from both the original family and from the era.

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