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was conceived when Franklin D. Roosevelt decided that a separate property was needed to house his large collection of historical documents, books, and papers.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. 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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  • Springwood is magnificent and must effort has been taken to present the original furniture, pictures, "cartoons," chairs, and bed spreads and linens. Guide was excellent. The house actually looks "liv...  more »
  • I always find Presidential libraries interesting and informative and a great way to remember American history. Today's visit to FDR's library and home exceeded my expectations. The house tour was led ...  more »
  • Built next to Mansion in 1938-9 while he was still president and has office he used as President. The basement has a large presidential museum and 100s of his model ship collection.  more »
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  • All the information you've ever wanted in one place about President FDR. Very cool, but definitely what you make of it.
  • Excellent day, truly informative, we are a society Now because of him. I'm Republican but really enlightened at 61 of his strives
  • I loved it....I was there in Dec & it was decorated for Christmas...lots of history & artifacts
  • So much history. Saw original speeches with FDR's handwritten notes. Not an FDR fan, but a nice place to visit
  • "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.