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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, Stairs / elevator, Wheelchair access
Lake George, New York
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 327 helpful votes
“Always a Treat”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 4, 2009

I have been to the FDR Library many times over the last several years and I have never tired of seeing what it has to offer. Each time I learn something new as well. The house and library are quite interesting. This is really the first presidential library and also the one ever used by a President during his administration. If you have time and weather is good it is really nice to walk around the grounds.

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“Very Nice and Interesting”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 12, 2008

My wife and I spent an hour in the FDR Museum before the day's closing; we could have easily spent 2 hours. As another reviewer said - a great tribute to a great President. It has a very nice gift shop also.

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Sinclairville, New York
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“Great tribute to a Great President”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 6, 2008

FDR house and Presidential Library are a must see if you are close to the area. They are located in the same spot in beautiful Hyde Park. We spent the afternoon enjoying them and I could have spent more time. Make sure to watch the movie when you arrive. It is not very long and well done. Also sign up for a tour of his home. We had about an hour before the tour started so we walked over to the library in the mean time. The exhibits were great. They have his car, presidential desk, as well as many other interesting items and primary sources there. The Eleanor wing is equally amazing. After the house tour, we went back to the library to finish exploring. Roosevelt actually chose to ahve the house preserved as it was which makes it that mch more interesting that we are seeing it as he wanted us to see it.

The cost for the house and library were very reasonable, $8 (I think) for adults and kids are free.

In the evening I went back to the grounds to walk around without as many people there and was able to take some great pictures without random people in them. The grounds are always free and are open from dawn to dusk.

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Toronto, Canada
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“Well worth a visit”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 16, 2008

For history buffs, the FDR home and museum is a worthwhile and interesting place to visit. Our parks service guide Lisa, who's probably conducted the same tour a hundred times, still managed to make it fresh and informative for the visitors. The fee for the tour includes a visit to Springwood, FDR's home, and also access to the library/museum next door.

The museum was especially interesting, we could have spent a lot more time there reading the old telegrams, school writings, documents and exhibits. The Eleanor wing was also very well done, and this is quite good for those who don't have time to visit Val-Kill on a separate tour. For those who just want to walk the grounds, one can do so at no charge. A must-see is the Rose Garden, where Eleanor and FDR are buried.

Perhaps there are more modern presidential libraries out there, but this place is in keeping with the languid feel of Hyde Park. I think the setting near the Hudson gives this place a lot of character and it's got the soul of FDR written all over it.

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Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
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“Definitely visit FDR's home & Museum if your are in the area”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 25, 2007

Loved touring FDR's home. The museum was the first presidental museum so it probobly lacks alot of things the newer museums have but still worth the tour. If you only have time for one tour do the FDR home and Museum first. I would do Val Kill Cottage second. I wasn't very fond of the Vanderbuilt Mansion tour.

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