Franklin D. Roosevelt Presidential Library and Museum, Hyde Park

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The first presidential library built in the United States, Franklin D. Roosevelt Presidential Library and Museum was conceived when Franklin D. Roosevelt decided that a separate property was needed to house his large collection of historical documents, books, and papers. The library's research facilities and traditional study were converted to a high-tech interactive exhibit space in the 21st century, but Roosevelt's personal study has remained unchanged. Roosevelt spent many hours in the study organizing important documents, and even delivered his radio fireside chats from the room. This library set the precedent for the Presidential Libraries Act in 1955, stating that each president's papers and documents should be stored in one place for public access. Consider purchasing a reduced-price combined ticket to the library and the FDR house in nearby Hyde Park. Plan your Franklin D. Roosevelt Presidential Library and Museum visit and explore what else you can see and do in Hyde Park using our Hyde Park trip itinerary website .
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  • This library and tour of the house was wonderful. The thing that made this tour so great was our tour guide Shannon. She was so friendly and knowledgeable. Any question you asked her she knew the answ...  more »
  • A very detailed collection of FDR/ER items. Different kind of displays with towers instead of horizontal.  more »
  • Loved this museum - it goes so deep into FDR's presidency that anyone except the foremost experts will learn a ton of new things. It's definitely a great way to spend a few hours. The visitors center ...  more »
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  • A great way to spend the day. FDR's house is a unique gem tucked away in Springwood. The house is beautifully built and maintained. The tapestry and ornaments are so pretty. The house tour was pretty short, but you are free to roam around the FDR library for as long as you want. We spent over two hours in there and still didn't get through everything! Would definitely revisit!
  • Enjoyed visited museum and house. So much to see and read through. Park staff was very nice and knowledgeable. It is worth visiting especially if your within driving distance
  • In my opinion, one of the best library and grounds of any President. The entire Hyde Park area is beautiful, and the rich and amazing history of the FDR library just tops it off. This is where he gave many of his fireside chats and his office where he helped chart the course of the world during those tumultuous times is still there and intact. Many of his hand written famous speeches are on display in the building as well. Don't miss the story of this amazing man if you're in the area.
  • So much to see at this, the nation's first Presidential Library and only Presidential Library to date that was completed and in use while its namesake was still in office. Well organized with an abundance of interactive displays and artifacts. One could spend as much or as little time as one feels going through this museum. FDR's presidency was a pivotal time for our country, and everything here exudes that importance.
  • My family and I did a NYE weekend getaway in Hyde Park, NY. This place was the main point of our visit. We decided to do the full tour. The grounds, FDR's home, library, experience, and our tour guide Jessica were all great.
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