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was conceived when Franklin D. Roosevelt decided that a separate property was needed to house his large collection of historical documents, books, and papers.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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  • We visited the library during a special exhibition of D-Day memorabilia. There was much to see and readable newspaper pages helped give you a sense of the time leading up to the invasion. While this w...  more »
  • Visited the Estate and the Museum during a trip to visit friends in upstate NY. We had FDR's home on our bucket list, and the trip was very worthwhile. The grounds are beautiful and easily walked. The...  more »
  • This library does a fantastic job in showcasing FDR’s presidency and underscoring how important he and Eleanor were in guiding us through the Great Depression and WWII. The exhibits have been recently updated and are as high-tech as any of the Smithsonian Museums in DC. I also appreciate that they honestly address criticisms of his administration (Japanese-American Internment Camps) and well-founded rumors (FDR’s and Eleanor’s affairs). FDR and Eleanor paved the way for the USA to become the amazing country it is today with their focus on safety nets for the poor, advancing equal rights for all Americans, and fighting vigorously on behalf of our freedoms.
  • This library is chocked full of information and displays. Plan on 2 to 3 hours just to see most of library. There is also a lot of information on Eleanor. The grounds are also beautiful to walk. The house is an other guided tour. If this review was helpful to you, please give it a like.
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