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Theodore Roosevelt Birthplace National Historic Site
Ranked #119 of 1,148 things to do in New York City
Certificate of Excellence
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: The boyhood home (1858-1872) of the only United States President born in Manhattan. It is a national historic site managed by the National Park Service. The site includes galleries and 1865 period rooms with original objects that relate the story of young Theodore Roosevelt, his ranch days, presidency and exploration period.
Useful Information: Activities for young children, Stairs / lift
Reviewed 1 January 2012

We made the rounds of history on our trip, and the 30 minute tour at "Teddy's" birthplace was VERY worth it. The brownstone isn't so spectacular, but the guided tour (docent) was super cool. You learn about some Roosevelt, NYC, Victorian, Political, and a few other bits of history...very worth the time and the (free) visit.

National Parks/Memorials/Sites ROCK!

2  Thank mjmsf
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"his life"
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"every hour on the hour"
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"a small gift shop"
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"free tour"
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"presidential history"
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Reviewed 29 December 2011

Very informational tour. The home has several items owned by the Roosevelts and TR himself, quite possibly this country's best president ever!

1  Thank aureliusjackson
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Reviewed 25 December 2011

I found this free tour to be amazing. The group was small, so it made touring the rooms easy. The guide was exceptionally well informed. I knew little about Theodore Roosevelt prior to the tour. After taking the tour I read the two biographies about this great man. A wonderful experience and museum.

2  Thank dnvpaul
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Reviewed 2 June 2011

A must see and usually overlooked piece of American history in the middle of Manhattan. One man visiting the home with us said he had passed it by for years on his way to work and never realized it was Teddy Roosevelt's birthplace and the place where he spent his childhood. It is marked with a small unpretentious plaque on the outside of the building-easily missed. The townhouse is tall and deep, with narrow hallways and stairways, and relatively small rooms, which was a surprise as I expected a Roosevelt mansion. (The home is actually a reconstruction, but pains were made to ensure its authenticity.) Not recommended for little ones, but middle school and above should be fine. Unfortunately, I recently learned it has been closed for a short time to make repairs to emergency access routes. Hopefully it will reopen soon-it's so much more interesting than a dry museum.

3  Thank Abigailadamsn00
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Reviewed 14 May 2011

Located in a nondescript house on 20th St. between Park Ave. S and Broadway, the entrance to TR's Birthplace is below street level and you have to keep your eyes peeled so you don't walk past it. Tours are free and begin on the hour; I arrived 30 minutes early and spent the time looking at the fairly witty political cartoons on the ground floor. As of this writing, the gallery (containing various artifacts from his life) was closed and they hope to open it during the summer.

The tour was quite good, lasting about 45 minutes. As usual, the Park Rangers are a bit of an attraction themselves with seemingly endless knowledge about the time period and (literally) almost every aspect of the house itself. We started with a description of pre-Civil War New York and the backdrop it provided for how the Roosevelt's raised their family. Stops in the house included the dining room, parlor, and nursery among others. All of these were woven into a chronological dialogue of TR's early years. I left with a much deeper understanding of his formative time in New York and how it influenced his presidency.

Definitely recommended.

1  Thank midway42
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