Rutherford B. Hayes Presidential Library & Museums, Fremont

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We have President Rutherford B. Hayes' 31-room mansion, the presidential library with his diaries and papers, a museum and the president's tomb. This is all located at Spiegel Grove, the president's 25-acre estate in Fremont Ohio. The estate includes a mile of paved walking trails.

New museum exhibit galleries were installed in 2016. We also have rotating exhibits throughout the year. These include the Hayes Train Special, our annual holiday model train exhibit.

The home was restored in 2012 to how it appeared when President Hayes, First Lady Lucy Webb Hayes and their family lived there.

Come curious and leave amazed!

Admission is charged per building, with discounts available for a Combo Ticket. Per building admission is $7.50/adult, $6.50/seniors age 60+, $3.00/children ages 6-12; free/children ages 0-5.
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  • We met our guide, Andrew, at the library and then walked to Spiegel Grove for the house tour. We learned that 96% of the furnishings belonged to the Hayes family, that no-one but the President and... 
    We met our guide, Andrew, at the library and then walked to Spiegel Grove for the house tour. We learned that 96% of the furnishings belonged to the Hayes family, that no-one but the President and...  more »
  • Might seem quaint, but this is what a museum used to be, so don't try compare the experience to the modern presidential museums since Hoover or the over-the-top Lincoln experience in Illinois. There....  more
    Might seem quaint, but this is what a museum used to be, so don't try compare the experience to the modern presidential museums since Hoover or the over-the-top Lincoln experience in Illinois. There....  more »
  • I've been to several presidential museums. The older ones not associated with federal funds really vary in terms of the amount of restoration, the museum, etc. This one is exceptional. You could... 
    I've been to several presidential museums. The older ones not associated with federal funds really vary in terms of the amount of restoration, the museum, etc. This one is exceptional. You could...  more »
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  • Visited this place over 20+ years ago. Stopped today coming back from the lake to show my friend how cool it is. Arrived late, so didn't have time for a tour. But just the outside of the Library and Residence are marvel's to look at. There are nicely paved paths which lead to the gravesite, of which there are many marked trees and some interesting ones. Spiegal Grove is awesome location and property.
  • Good museum displaying the life of Rutherford and Lucy Hayes’ lives. Spiegel Grove and the grounds are beautiful and a great place to take in the nature.
  • This presidential center is a must visit place to learn about our 19th President. The exhibits are informative and timely, and the grounds are beautiful and used by locals as a scenic park.
  • I came to charge my car at this museum and discovered a gem! We only visited the outdoor portion of the museum but there was plenty to see. We were most interested by the diversity of the trees and as you can see took some pics of the ones we've never seen before. Very cool place and we'll definitely be back in the future!
  • This was one of the better Presidential homes I have been too. They gave you a very insightful tour of the house and family. The museum was really neat. I love learning about our countries history. Check this place out of you can.

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