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“New exhibits are fabulous!”

Franklin D. Roosevelt Presidential Library and Museum
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$65.00*
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Hudson Valley New York Great Estates Pass
Ranked #1 of 21 things to do in Hyde Park
Certificate of Excellence
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Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Owner description: 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.
Useful Information: Bathroom facilities, Wheelchair access, Stairs / elevator
Bellevue, Washington
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47 reviews
9 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 71 helpful votes
“New exhibits are fabulous!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 15, 2013 via mobile

We have been to this library twice. The house tour was great, led by a British woman who had heard Roosevelt speak on the radio as a child in London. We spent hours in the library. The new exhibit is very interactive, and many points of view are presented. There is also a lovely courtyard where you can sit next to a bronze life size sculpture of FDR sitting on a bench. Lots of info on Eleanor Roosevelt as well including excerpts of the huge file the FBI kept on her suspecting she was a communist!

Visited September 2013
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Pompano Beach, Florida
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
“First presidential library: A fitting tribute to a remarkable man.”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 14, 2013 via mobile

This library/museum is on the grounds of FDR's Hyde Park NY home. He designed & built it during his 2nd term. Of course he went on to win 2 more elections. Consequently it remains the only presidential library ever used by its honoree during his time in office. It is a great museum and contains lots of the types of things we political & history junkies crave. FDR was a collector and the museum and his nearby home are full of his treasures.

Visited September 2013
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Goshen, Connecticut
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 46 helpful votes
“Living history”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 13, 2013

I was awed by the simplicity of the house of such a profoundly important man. The entire experience is one of calm beauty and inspiration of FDR's life. I highly recommend the entire experience but give yourself time because there is a lot to be absorbed. Not glitzy or glamourous but a story of a life lived with grace and accomplishment.

Visited August 2013
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Leonia
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“Spend the day!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 13, 2013

This museum is not only beautifully designed, but contains things like the desk from the oval office and his touring car in which you can see how he used hand controls to have the break and clutch function. Fascinating!

Visited September 2013
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The Dalles, Oregon
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“Very Interesting”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 12, 2013

The library has an excellent layout and displays that depict all phases of FDR's life. I especially liked his office. He is the only president who actually used the office in the official presidential library.

Visited September 2013
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