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Rutherford B. Hayes Presidential Library & Museums

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Address: 1337 Hayes Ave, Spiegel Grove, Fremont, OH 43420-2701
Phone Number: 419-332-2081
09:00 - 17:00
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Sun 12:00 - 17:00
Tue - Sat 09:00 - 17:00

The Rutherford B. Hayes Presidential Library & Museums is dedicated to...

The Rutherford B. Hayes Presidential Library & Museums is dedicated to 19th U.S. President Rutherford B. Hayes and First Lady Lucy Hayes. The site houses their 25-acre wooded estate, known as Spiegel Grove; their 31-room Victorian mansion; the presidential library; a museum that was completely renovated in 2016; the tomb; and a mile of paved walking trails.

There are fees to tour the museum and the home. Use of the presidential library, which has a massive genealogy and local history collections, is free.

The first floor and and part of the second floor were restored in 2012 to look as it did when Rutherford and Lucy lived there. Nearly all of the furniture, paintings and artifacts in the home belonged to and were used by the couple and their family.

The museum was renovated in early 2016 and includes interactive exhibits that tell the story of Rutherford and Lucy, the issues they faced and what they thought about those issues. Sit at a replica of the Resolute Desk - the original was given to President Hayes and still sits in the Oval Office of the White House - try on a Civil War soldier's haversack and more.

The Rutherford B. Hayes Presidential Library & Museums is America's first presidential library and the forerunner for the federal presidential library system. The facility is celebrating its centennial in 2016.

The site is open seven days a week most of the year. From January through March, it is closed on Mondays.

It is also closed on Christmas, New Year's, Martin Luther King Jr. Day, Easter and Thanksgiving. Hours on federal holidays are noon to 5 p.m.

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Very cool place. There are two tours you can do and we picked to do both the house and the museum. Set aside a few hours because you'll want to take your time looking in the... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 1 week ago
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Monterey, Tennessee
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Monterey, Tennessee
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

Very cool place. There are two tours you can do and we picked to do both the house and the museum. Set aside a few hours because you'll want to take your time looking in the museum. The house tour is about 45 minutes itself. Beautiful house and a lovely job on the renovation. Interesting to learn the history. Our... More 

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Oak Harbor
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

This place is a nice area to take a walk with your dogs or just by yourself. During the winter time they offer sleigh rides. The Presidential Library and the homestead are very neat to tour. Takes you back in time.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Have not been there since they remodel but took my grandkids and they loved it. It is so full of history. You can also see some of the house also.

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Shepherdsville, Kentucky, United States
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 October 2016

On our October Fall Vacation, we stopped by Fremont to visit the home of our 19th President, Rutherford B. Hayes. We had a truly great tour of the home by our Docent Kent. He was patient, friendly and answered all of my questions about Rutherford B. Hayes, who lived an active, involved life. He was born into modest circumstances, and... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 October 2016 via mobile

We spent about an hour in the museum but didn't pay the separate fee to go in the house next-door and didn't walk to the tomb. We found the museum to be quite nice for one that isn't in the Natl Park System. The grounds were very beautiful on a Fall day and many people were enjoying a walk. The... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 October 2016 via mobile

We visited about 6 or 7 years ago before the restoration... Wow what a difference! They had before and after pictures of each restored room. The guide was very knowledgeable, answered questions easily and was very personable :) enjoyed the tour wish we had enough time to see the museum/presidential library but will return to see that another time. Great... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 October 2016

While driving between Chicago and Pittsburgh, I wanted a place to stop and breakup the drive. Being a history buff, this sounded ideal. My wife just rolled her eyes at me but humored me. She ended up enjoying it just as much as I did. We were the only ones on the house tour which was more impressive than I... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 October 2016

Did not know this place existed until we picked up some literature at an Ohio welcome center. Excellent visit and learned so much history. Toured the house first. We were the only ones on the tour so it was like a personal tour. The house feels like a home and not a museum as it is furnished with mostly all... More 

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Fremont, Ohio
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 October 2016 via mobile

Today the grandson of President Harry Truman presented a compelling exploration of the real life and times of America's 33rd President. The R B Hayes Presidential Library and Museums offers an annual speaker on American Presidents. Anyone interested in presidential history should keep their eye on their web site. This institution is contributing substantially to the academic and intellectual fabric... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 October 2016

This was the very first Presidential Library/Museum, 100th anniversary. The museum is small in its offerings, but worth a visit, after all it was the first, and way back then they didn't saver everything for museum purposes. His home is all 100% original furnishings, and very worth a visit.

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