Franklin D. Roosevelt Presidential Library and Museum, Hyde Park
(4.9/5 based on 950+ reviews on the web)
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was conceived when Franklin D. Roosevelt decided that a separate property was needed to house his large collection of historical documents, books, and papers.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. Make Franklin D. Roosevelt Presidential Library and Museum part of your personalized Hyde Park itinerary using our Hyde Park tour planner.
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  • We visited Val-Kill, FDR's home, movie at visitor's center at FDR's home property and the FDR library - took the entire day and they weren't busy at all. We ran out of time to visit the Vanderbilt man...  more »
  • My husband and I were bussed to The FDR Presidential Library and Museum as part of a river cruise so we were rather confined as to the organization of our visit and the amount of time we could spend t...  more »
  • This is a great place to wander through. So much history and information presented so well. You can see it in an hour, but you could also spend many hours here. 
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  • "Journey Back to the Days of FDR" - We visited the FDR estate, Presidential Library and Museum. The two are co-located. The tours of the house are guided, and scheduled in groups, so there is time to go through the Library and Museum. The museum is modern and contains many artifacts and history from his life, and 4 terms as President from 1933 to 1945 when he passed away. I enjoyed looking at his car that had been rigged so FDR could drive without the use of his legs. After going through the Library, we joined our tour and went through the house with the National Parks tour guide. The house is large, but cut up with many rooms, so it feels cozy. It is decorated with the original items that they owned. Also, at the house is the horse stable, and the burial site of Franklin and Eleanor in the Rose Garden.
  • Loved it. Bought a bunch of memorabilia. Loved the tour guide's knowledge.
  • What a superb job Ranger Twardy did of giving us the grand tour of FDR's residence. He really gave us snippets of the interactions between the household members that made you feel like you knew them better. He brought alive the spirit of the former occupants of this once very modest home. The dynamics between Franklin, Eleanor and FDR's mother Sarah really came to life through his well versed narratives. I was invited to go on this private tour as a Realtor and new member of Rand Commercial Services. This was the annual "Day of Learning" field trip. . I would love to go back again this summer as I can only imagine how beautiful the roses garden is. The museum tour was equally as intriguing and I could spend an entire afternoon in there and still enjoy going back again and again. For anyone who lives in the Hudson Valley area and has not yet been there I highly recommend you make a point of it to visit! Then go to the Ever Ready Diner for lunch! :)
  • It took us one and a half days to cover all of this as well as Eleanor's house. This is an amazing collection of history. We are trying to visit all Presidential libraries and this rates right up at the top. Do not miss it and do not try to do it in a couple of hours.
  • Very well done and interesting.