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“Superb, Fascinating”

Franklin D. Roosevelt Presidential Library and Museum
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USD 73.00*
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Hudson Valley New York Great Estates Pass
Ranked #1 of 24 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: Wheelchair access, Stairs / lift, Bathroom facilities
Reviewed 6 April 2018

We didn't even know this place was here until we were a couple of miles away. Pulled in on a whim and were enthralled.

First, the driveway and views of the river were enchanting. This is beautiful countryside and the rich people who built mansions here knew what they were doing. Then, the buildings themselves - imposing but livable. Evertywhere abuzz with visitors and those looking after them.

The exhibition, about FDR's life and presidency is just superb. No deed is left without context. No player's action is unreported. This is the very best of US American museum-craft: the visitor is, unobtrusively, given the opportunity to understand historic events, large and small, in context and in detail.

We could have stayed myuch longer. So much to explore. Instead, we walked through the grounds - that view again! - discovered a delightful family-group statue, and drove on.

We hope to go back one day.

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Reviewed 30 March 2018 via mobile

Great story about the birth of the Presidential Library. FDR working right out of the Library office during WW2 really added to the uniqueness of the Library. The memorabilia there is great. I also paid the extra price for the home visit. Worth the money. The guide was very informative and did a great job discussing the home. An amazing piece of American History.

Thank cjmstone100
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Reviewed 26 March 2018

The library is a well-presented history of his presidency and somewhat of his life. The physical displays are more compelling than the recitation of acts and accomplishments.

Thank SkowMaineacs
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Reviewed 20 March 2018 via mobile

A visit worth the drive from NYC. The first presidential library, it does a good job explaining FDR’s role in history. As well as any.

What is special here is the added chance to see his home and understand his personal side. Sort of a combination of The Hermitage (Jackson) and Clinton’s library for understanding period life and politics.

A good trip for families, especially when the kids have had some basic American history.

Thank Jellins1
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Reviewed 11 March 2018

The displays are well done and well explained. My only comment is about the one big miss of his administration concerning the Japanese Internment. The display on that was quite small.

Thank Sharon L
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