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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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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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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... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 28 December 2016
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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 December 2016

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 28 December 2016

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 24 December 2016

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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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 December 2016 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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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 December 2016

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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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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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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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 November 2016

Lots of details about Theodore Roosevelt's childhood and his life as a young man which made him into the political reformer and maverick he came to be. If you have not read a book about Theodore Roosevelt then this will introduce you to a period of American history we should learn about.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 November 2016 via mobile

Recently renovated and a great piece of history in the city. Very easy to get to! Tours are given on the hour! Friendly staff

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 November 2016

Renovated and OPEN and FREE. Your taxes at work! Great tour of Teddy's birthplace and childhood home. A nice slice of history about our great "Nature" President and how he overcame many physical obstacles.

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