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Theodore Roosevelt Birthplace National Historic Site

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Address: 28 E 20th St, between Broadway and Park Avenue South, New York City, NY 10003-1311
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+1 212-260-1616
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Tue - Sat 09:00 - 17:00
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours

The boyhood home (1858-1872) of the only United States President born in...

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 that relate the story of young Theodore Roosevelt, his ranch days, presidency and exploration period.

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Great Period Details Commemorating a Great President and Fascinating Man

Privileged child of wealthy New York family hears the call of public service, goes on to become President of the United States. Sound familiar? This historic site is interesting... read more

Reviewed 21 January 2017
New York, New York, United States
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New York, New York, United States
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Reviewed 21 January 2017

Privileged child of wealthy New York family hears the call of public service, goes on to become President of the United States. Sound familiar? This historic site is interesting both for the story it tells of Teddy Roosevelt's formative years, and as an exemplar of how we remember and commemorate the past. Newly reopened after a restoration, a guided tour... More 

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Shanghai, China
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 47 helpful votes
Reviewed 7 January 2017

The turn of the 19th to 20th century has to be one of the most interesting periods in our history. TR is one of the characters who populated this richly prolific period so it is compelling to know what made him who he was. Another "free" activity in a very expensive city, this venue is run by the National Parks,... More 

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Bridgewater, New Jersey
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
Reviewed 5 January 2017

If you are looking for something off the beaten path and have an hour to kill, I recommend this tour. The tours are first come first serve on the hour. If you arrive early there is a museum section with artifacts, and interesting notes about the president. The tour is only about 40 min. But I found it fun to... More 

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Milford, CT
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 77 helpful votes
Reviewed 31 December 2016

My grown son, 12 year old granddaughter and I choose this house to visit as a retreat from crowd overload between Christmas and New Year. It was a winner. She got some knowledge; I loved the lower level where Teddy's words are so relevant today and should be loudly proclaimed to citizens of our country once again. When we got... More 

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
Reviewed 29 December 2016

If you want a quiet and elegant respite from Manhattan's mayhem, come here! Although the house is a re-creation of the original, it was designed with the input of TR's sisters; it offers a glimpse into the world of New York City's historic wealthier families. Visitors get the feel for an actual NYC brownstone back in the day-- the accoutrements... More 

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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed 28 December 2016

The house can only be seen on a guided tour, which are offered hourly on the days that it is opened. With the exception of 12 noon, when there are no guided tours. The tour is relatively short, with period furniture in each room. But it was made a lot more interesting, because of the guide giving the tour. Very... More 

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Neenah, Wisconsin
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 81 helpful votes
Reviewed 25 December 2016

When the Roosevelt birthplace was bought and restored, the street had deteriorated to rooming houses and warehousing. Ironically, the street is today chic once more, but with an urban vibe that seems little interested in the significance of it's presidential associations. The museum itself is nicely run by a friendly staff, and it provides an interesting glimpse into narrow and... More 

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Stamford, Connecticut
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Reviewed 24 December 2016 via mobile

I've lived in the NYC area all my life and never knew this site existed. Decided to check it out and I'm glad I did. NPS offers guided tours, free of charge every hour on the hour. If you're interested in the early life of President Teddy Roosevelt and how it shaped him to become an adventurer, hunter, statesman and... More 

London, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 79 helpful votes
Reviewed 19 December 2016

The building is a replica of the original but lots of the contents are original and it's an interesting slice of NYC history. What really made the visit was the fantastic tour guide, though. Incredible knowledge, insight, wit and passion for the subject. The exhibit was a bit tired and felt like a work in progress, though with some great... More 

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New York City, New York
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Reviewed 9 December 2016

Guided tours through the family home where Pres Theodore Roosevelt was born in 1858 give a real feeling for what life might have been like at the time. Interesting and informative exhibits with photos and documents of Pres Roosevelt's life time. He is our only President born in Manhattan!

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