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“excellent museum, great learning experience”

Franklin D. Roosevelt Presidential Library and Museum
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Ranked #1 of 22 things to do in Hyde Park
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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: Wheelchair access, Stairs / elevator, Bathroom facilities
East Windsor, New Jersey
Level 6 Contributor
128 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 60 helpful votes
“excellent museum, great learning experience”
Reviewed October 30, 2013

Our first visit to a presidential museum and I wonder if they are all so good. We spent hours going through the exhibits and some are multimedia: read about FDR's radio addresses, then push a button to hear one (he spoke clearly and simply, really powerful). The museum does not look large but be aware it can take a long time to go through. We were there about three hours and did not finish.

Highlights: FDR had a Ford Phaeton configured so he could drive it with his hands. It's in the museum. The comments of the Queen are next tot he car, saying she was quite terrified when FDR drove her and King George at high speed to the famous hot dog picnic. Priceless.

Visited October 2013
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Smithtown, New York
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“First Pres Library”
Reviewed October 29, 2013

This was our first trip to a presidential library. It was included in our misadventure of the FDR house. They have a very interactive set up of the golden years of Franklin and Eleanor. The layout was kind of confusing, once you got in it was difficult to get out. The best part of the exhibition was FDR's actual office. He is the only president to use his Presidential Library office while still in office

Visited October 2013
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South Windsor, Connecticut
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“A Significant Piece of our History”
Reviewed October 27, 2013

I think all presidential libraries tell the story from the viewpoint of the president as this one does. FDR was president during significant events in our history and this museum covers all of these in informative and entertaining ways. You can easily spend 3 or 4 hours or more here. There are restrooms in this building and food available at the visitor center. If you are at all interested in the history of our country, you should go to this place whether your political leanings are left or right.

Visited October 2013
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“The new museum is wonderful”
Reviewed October 26, 2013

This was my second visit and tbe first to see the renovations. What a difference! Now most of the exhibits are interactive, beautifully displayed and easy to understand. You get a true sense of who he was and the overwheming accomplishments he made to this country. A must see if in the Hyde Park area.

Visited October 2013
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Rhode Island
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“A must see!”
Reviewed October 26, 2013

At the start of the year, I read the book "FDRs Funeral Train," after visiting FDRs retreat for the second time in Warm Springs, GA. I made a point to make the FDR Presidential Library, Museum and Home in Hyde Park a stop on a road trip back from VA to RI this past summer. The detour through NY was well worth it, and I cannot wait to go back!

The grounds of this place are immense and beautiful. Your admission will get you a 45-ish minute tour of FDRs family home, a self-guided at your own pace tour of the grounds, including the beautiful flower garden that is his and Eleanor's resting place.

Separate from that, but included in your admission if you choose, is the tour of the Presidential Museum. I could have stayed much longer and taken in more here, as there is lots to see. I love all of the photographs and artifacts displayed. Most noteable are the handwritten copy changes to his "D-Day" speech and others.

It is amazing that this was once where he actually worked, which I think is different from all other Presidential libraries. He had an office there, which is part of the museum tour, and he used to work there while people were visiting the library. Just amazing.

The finale was seeing his real White House desk. It was beautifully displayed.

There is also a gift shop, of course, with interesting souvenirs to purchase.

I really enjoyed visiting FDR's Presidential Library, Museum and home. Hyde Park is a quaint place. I recommend staying at The Roosevelt Inn down the street (look for my review).

Visited July 2013
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