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Rutherford B. Hayes Presidential Library & Museums

1337 Hayes Ave, Spiegel Grove, Fremont, OH 43420-2701
+1 419-332-2081
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I was fortunate enough due to timing to get my own private house tour. This house is beautifully... read more

Reviewed 3 days ago
Franklin, Ohio
Important history, beautifully preservered

This is well worth going out of your way to visit. First, they have a very good website to help you... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Bolingbrook, Illinois
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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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1337 Hayes Ave, Spiegel Grove, Fremont, OH 43420-2701
+1 419-332-2081
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Reviewed 3 days ago

I was fortunate enough due to timing to get my own private house tour. This house is beautifully preserved, which is remarkable since several generations of the Hayes family occupied its wall after the president's death. The architecture of the house is stunning and my...More

Thank empress1205
Reviewed 1 week ago

This is well worth going out of your way to visit. First, they have a very good website to help you plan your visit. The Hayes Library was the first to be established. It was established by his son (with assistance from the state of...More

Thank midwestDee
Reviewed 1 week ago

We all learned in Ohio history that 8 presidents are from Ohio, and we love to visit the historic sites. Was only 1 other couple on our tour of their house on a cold day in April, so we really didnt look at the 25...More

Thank Sightsee_Eat
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The home and library has been refurbished and updated. The grounds are beautiful and great to wonder around with children and/or a dog. This is where I learned President Hayes started Ohio State University. Take a tour of the mansion and the library is more...More

Thank Carol G
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We were there for the fourth of July and the Houston Symphony was there. It was very enjoyable. They had a civil war reenactment group dressed up in the period. During the 1812 Overture they set off cannons. I would like to come back when...More

Thank Heather B
Reviewed 23 June 2017

The house is wonderful and a great example of post American Civil War architecture and furnishings. We had a very good tour guide that took the needed time to explain what we were seeing. The museum seems a little bit on the light side until...More

Thank Leon67203
Reviewed 22 June 2017

We try to get a presidential visit while on vacation with the kids. The Rutherford B Hayes Home and Museum are a great site. Tour of the beautiful house was very nice, with a wonderful guide. Museum while not huge, was well designed with lots...More

Thank kmc11_11
Reviewed 11 June 2017

My wife and I had an odd bucket list by visiting as many presidential landmarks in Ohio this Summer. Today we enjoyed the Rutherford B Hayes museum. The library was closed today (Sunday), by the home was worth our drive. Barbara was an excellent docent...More

Thank Christopher S
Reviewed 11 June 2017

While traveling from Washington, DC to Michigan, stopped at 2 presidential library/museum sites. Found the Hayes library/museum to be by far the better of the two. From some little-known historical tidbits (such as the fact that Lucy Hayes was the first First Lady to have...More

Thank Miriam I
Reviewed 26 May 2017 via mobile

HPLM is a wonderful place for all ages. The museum has a lot of interesting exhibits. The home is beautiful and probably not appropriate for children under age 8. Have a visit, you won't be disappointed.

Thank Kathy S
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25 September 2016|
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Response from AggieJoe79 | Reviewed this property |
One correction to an earlier post - the museum and home are now open for tours (there was renovation going on the first part of the summer), admission to either is $7.50 each or $13.00 for both. You can walk the grounds and... More
25 September 2016|
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Response from raystrop | Reviewed this property |
It appears that someone else already answered the question. Sorry for the delay.