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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was conceived when Franklin D. Roosevelt decided that a separate property was needed to house his large collection of historical documents, books, and papers.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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  • FDR was a very important part of United States and Hyde Park history. The museum takes you through FDR's life as well as his wife Eleanor and documents through film, personal letters, photos and... 
    FDR was a very important part of United States and Hyde Park history. The museum takes you through FDR's life as well as his wife Eleanor and documents through film, personal letters, photos and...  more »
  • Excellent and inexpensive day trip to see the life of one of our greatest Presidents with home nearby. 
    Excellent and inexpensive day trip to see the life of one of our greatest Presidents with home nearby.  more »
  • We bought our tickets to the FDR Library online and drove to Hyde Park on a Saturday morning. When we checked in we also made a reservation for the 1:30 tour of Springwood, Roosevelt's life long... 
    We bought our tickets to the FDR Library online and drove to Hyde Park on a Saturday morning. When we checked in we also made a reservation for the 1:30 tour of Springwood, Roosevelt's life long...  more »
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  • Such a wonderful facility for everyone interested in American history to visit. Our mistake was not allowing enough time to explore not only the museum, but all the beautiful grounds, gardens and FDR’s home. This is also Roosevelts burial site and memorial. Be prepared to spend several hours here.
  • We just toured the grounds and did not by an admission to the house or Library. We found the grounds, the story given at the visitor center and especially the garden to be very interesting. We loved how they incorporated new ideas that FDR would have embraced into the exhibition.
  • All I can say is wow, this museum is outstanding. I came into the experience with minimal knowledge of FDR and I was immersed for three hours. The museum requires a lot of reading but if you follow the chronological path that the arrows on the floor lead you in, you’ll learn the story of FDR and the history that ensued during his life. Not a museum for kids, but there is a movie theater in the main visitor center that kids might enjoy, the grounds were a nice walk after the museum.
  • Learn more about FDR, his family, and history in the presidential library and museum. It was so interesting to see his lifelong home and to learn a lot more bout him. The gardens are a must-visit too, so beautiful. Just wander around (which is possible too when the library and museum are closed).
  • Wonderful Library. So much history covering FDR’s ancestry, his birth, his early life and political career before he was President and Eleanor Roosevelt’s activism and the challenges of tackling the Great Depression and all the New Deal programs and preparing for World War II

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