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Theodore Roosevelt Birthplace National Historic Site

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Address: 28 E 20th St, between Broadway and Park Avenue South, New York City, NY 10003-1311
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+1 212-260-1616
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09:00 - 17:00
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Tue - Sat 09:00 - 17:00
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This park site is closed to the public as of May 1, 2015 to allow for...

This park site is closed to the public as of May 1, 2015 to allow for renovation and accessibility improvements. Once begun, the project will take approximately nine months. The site is scheduled to reopen in 2016.

The boyhood home (1858-1872) of the only United States President born in New York City. The site includes galleries and 1865 period rooms that relate the story of young Teddy Roosevelt, his ranch days, presidency and exploration period.

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Fascinating Time in US History

The turn of the 19th to 20th century has to be one of the most interesting periods in our history. TR is one of the characters who populated this richly prolific period so it is... read more

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Shanghai, China
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 47 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

The turn of the 19th to 20th century has to be one of the most interesting periods in our history. TR is one of the characters who populated this richly prolific period so it is compelling to know what made him who he was. Another "free" activity in a very expensive city, this venue is run by the National Parks,... More 

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Bridgewater, New Jersey
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

If you are looking for something off the beaten path and have an hour to kill, I recommend this tour. The tours are first come first serve on the hour. If you arrive early there is a museum section with artifacts, and interesting notes about the president. The tour is only about 40 min. But I found it fun to... More 

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Milford, CT
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 73 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

My grown son, 12 year old granddaughter and I choose this house to visit as a retreat from crowd overload between Christmas and New Year. It was a winner. She got some knowledge; I loved the lower level where Teddy's words are so relevant today and should be loudly proclaimed to citizens of our country once again. When we got... More 

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

If you want a quiet and elegant respite from Manhattan's mayhem, come here! Although the house is a re-creation of the original, it was designed with the input of TR's sisters; it offers a glimpse into the world of New York City's historic wealthier families. Visitors get the feel for an actual NYC brownstone back in the day-- the accoutrements... More 

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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The house can only be seen on a guided tour, which are offered hourly on the days that it is opened. With the exception of 12 noon, when there are no guided tours. The tour is relatively short, with period furniture in each room. But it was made a lot more interesting, because of the guide giving the tour. Very... More 

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Neenah, Wisconsin
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

When the Roosevelt birthplace was bought and restored, the street had deteriorated to rooming houses and warehousing. Ironically, the street is today chic once more, but with an urban vibe that seems little interested in the significance of it's presidential associations. The museum itself is nicely run by a friendly staff, and it provides an interesting glimpse into narrow and... More 

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Stamford, Connecticut
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

I've lived in the NYC area all my life and never knew this site existed. Decided to check it out and I'm glad I did. NPS offers guided tours, free of charge every hour on the hour. If you're interested in the early life of President Teddy Roosevelt and how it shaped him to become an adventurer, hunter, statesman and... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The building is a replica of the original but lots of the contents are original and it's an interesting slice of NYC history. What really made the visit was the fantastic tour guide, though. Incredible knowledge, insight, wit and passion for the subject. The exhibit was a bit tired and felt like a work in progress, though with some great... More 

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New York City, New York
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 December 2016

Guided tours through the family home where Pres Theodore Roosevelt was born in 1858 give a real feeling for what life might have been like at the time. Interesting and informative exhibits with photos and documents of Pres Roosevelt's life time. He is our only President born in Manhattan!

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New York
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 December 2016

Free admission everyday! Nice museum showcasing the life and times of the first US President born in New York City. There are free guided tours showing the different rooms in the house, explaining their purpose and grandeur. The current building is beautiful but is only a reconstruction of the original one, which was demolished after a new owner took over.... More 

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