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“Excellent small museum in the heart of NYC”

Theodore Roosevelt Birthplace National Historic Site
Ranked #159 of 1,131 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: Stairs / elevator, Activities for young children
Reviewed August 2, 2013

This museum is located in the exact replica of the house, which originally stood on this site. The original building was demolished and then reconstructed with a help of Roosevelt's relatives, including Eleanor Roosevelt. President Theodore Roosevelt was born here and lived before he was 14 years old, when his family relocated uptown. You can visit rooms only with the guided tours. Tours start on the hour, every hour, while the museum is open. The tours last 40 min and they are free. Our guide was very knowledgeable and passionate. His interactive style made this excellent tour memorable.

2  Thank Tanya S
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Reviewed July 19, 2013 via mobile

Informative history lesson of President Roosevelt's childhood & family. Take the free 30 minute through the home. It gives many insights into what it takes to become a leader of people.

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Reviewed June 23, 2013

Quick Tips:
1. FREE (your tax dollars at work!)
2. 5 minute walk from nearest subway
3. Look for the U.S. flag to easily locate the building
4. Open Tues-Sat [closed Sun and Mon]; 0900-1700
5. Free tour (45 minutes), given every hour on the hour [1000-1600], is the only way to view the upstairs furnished rooms
6. Free 25 Minute video is continuously shown on Teddy Roosevelt’s childhood (if you are short on time, most of what is in the video is covered on the tour)
7. Nice selection of Roosevelt related books available for purchase…great for those summer reading assignments or beach material
8. Some of the NICEST Park Rangers and volunteers I have had the pleasure to meet!
9. Plenty of seats to rest while waiting for your tour; restrooms on premises

Our Park Ranger guide gave us a wonderful 45 minute tour of about 5 rooms. He made history come alive with stories of the childhood and adolescent experiences, people, and books that shaped who Teddy Roosevelt became. Our guide did an amazing job of engaging the younger members of our tour with stories reflecting their same age in Teddy’s time. The tour spent less time than most on speaking to the antiques in each of the rooms, though if you had any questions, you could get answers. I noticed that some previous reviewers are disappointed that the house is not the original. Although true that the original home was demolished, the 1919 accurate reconstruction was based on architectural records and the fact that the still standing next door home was a ‘twin’. The furnishings are all antiques and of the period (about 60% are original to the Roosevelt’s)

Hungry after your tour?…you are just steps away from ‘Beechers’ where you can watch cheese making in progress as you grab a bite of their world famous mac-n-cheese…and for dessert, round the corner for a few blocks and treat yourself to some of NYC’s favorite cookies at ‘City Bakery’…another option, if you are in the area on M, W, F, Sat you can easily make a picnic breakfast/lunch from the offerings at the Union Square Park Greenmarket

7  Thank spontaneoustrip
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Reviewed May 4, 2013

An interesting look into history of NY and life of Teddy Roosevelt in NYC. Amazing to find a free, fun attraction in NY! If you like history, I'd def recommend stopping by the Teddy Roosevelt house.

Reasons it doesnt get 5 stars: It's only a couple of floors, it's not the actual house Teddy lived in (they reconstructed it after he died), the tour guide was a little bit snippy.

Def stop by Beechers for some cheese curds afterwards, it's right around the corner and delicious.

2  Thank Red8910
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Reviewed April 8, 2013

The birthplace of TR is run by the National Park Service. Excellent tour guide who made history come to life. Learned alot about TR's father who was quite a philantropist and leader of New york City. Come a little early for the tour, it does fill up. Not very crowded though. Well worth the time. The home has been restored to its 19th century look.

4  Thank Marc S
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