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“Well organized and informative” 4 of 5 bubbles
Review of Theodore Roosevelt Inaugural National Historic Site

Theodore Roosevelt Inaugural National Historic Site
Ranked #5 of 150 things to do in Buffalo
Certificate of Excellence
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: Theodore Roosevelt was inaugurated as President of the United States in 1901 in Buffalo, NY, after the assassination of President William McKinley. Exhibits focus on the assassination and inauguration, details of Roosevelt's life and consequential issues of the day no less important to citizens more than a century later. Visitors can also tour nearby historic neighborhoods.
Useful Information: Bathroom facilities, Stairs / elevator, Wheelchair access
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
“Well organized and informative”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 19, 2013

Our guide walked us through the various rooms in the home aided by numerous visual and audio presentations. It turned out to be much more historically informative and enjoyable than I expected.

Visited July 2013
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Saint Joseph, Missouri
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
“Great stop in Buffalo!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 15, 2013

Our family visited this National Historic Site in June. We all enjoyed it, including our 3 year old and 11 year old. The interactive exhibits upstairs were great! We visited on a Saturday and was there at noon when the museum opened. The parking lot for the museum is located behind the museum which can be accessed by Franklin Street (one way) or there is a narrow drive that you can access from Delaware Street located on the side of the home. The museum has a small gift shop with really cute Teddy items. The tour began on the main floor and then proceeded into the house portion of the tour. One part of the tour is in the dining room and when you stepped inside, it felt like Teddy Roosevelt would walk into the room at any moment. The table was set with fine china and you could smell coffee brewing. Then we walked into a parlor where we sat down & viewed a really neat short film. The movie screen was very different (not a typical one) where different portions of the screen were highlighted at certain times. The kids really loved this as well as my husband & I. The tour really focused on what was happening at this particular time in history - what challenges the president was facing at this time. Then we walked into the library where Teddy Roosevelt was sworn in. There was a recording where you could hear people talking, it was really neat too. We then went upstairs where the interactive exhibits were and the tour guide left and told us that we could spend as much time as we desire. The kids really enjoyed having their pictures taken from behind the president's desk & emailing to their grandparents. (the exhibit took the picture & pirinted their photo on a newspaper headline and then emailed) We spent about 2 hours here and really enjoyed it. We learned a lot about the PanAm world's fair and about Teddy Roosevelt! Very educational and entertaining! The kids also enjoyed earning their Junior Park Ranger badges too! Just thought we would share that Buffalo, NY is a very easy city to drive in. We were worried that it would be very hectic driving downtown to this attraction but it was a very easy drive and easy to find.

Visited June 2013
2 Thank Monica L
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 122 helpful votes
“A great experience for kids and adults alike!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 9, 2013

We stopped here on our annual national parks trip- this time to the East Coast. We always buy the national parks recreation passport which allows you to get into all of the national parks for a full year for one price. If you are visiting multiple national parks you should look into it because it will save you money, often paying for itself after only two or three stops.

Theodore Roosevelt is one of the few presidents to be inaugurated somewhere other than the White House. This house is now turned into an interactive museum- probably one of the most interesting and interactive museums I have been too. It was very well set up with a lot of activities to do and I think children would be entertained. They even have a desk in a mock Oval Office where you can sit and have your picture taken with a headline on a newspaper and emailed to you. The house has been kept in a very nice condition and I was glad we made the stop! A note for those coming with campers, there is a parking lot that has free parking behind the National Park and there was enough room for us to pull our camper in. the lot is on the one way street behind the street the National Park is located on. Make sure to stop as it is a really cool piece of history!

Visited June 2013
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
“Very kid friendly”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 27, 2013

We visited in June 2013. The tour guide was excellent. The house itself re-creates the history very well. There are many hands on and interactive exhibits for children/teens to enjoy. My three kids (ages 16, 14 and 10) enjoyed the visit. Definitely worth the price of admission.

Visited June 2013
Thank Chromehill
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Miami, Florida
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 149 helpful votes
“Do not miss!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 22, 2013

The narration and exhibits were outstanding. The house and interactive exhibits were extremely educational and informative. We definitely recommend this attraction.

Visited June 2013
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