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was conceived when Franklin D. Roosevelt decided that a separate property was needed to house his large collection of historical documents, books, and papers.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 is a wonderful tribute and monument to FDR and Eleanor Roosevelt. Even if you don't have an interest in history, politics or the presidency, I would recommend visiting. If you are a student of po...  more »
  • My wife and I visited the FDR museum and home on the free national park day. It was well worth the visit. The museum is fantastic and very informative. It makes you appreciate what FDR has done for th...  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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