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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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Tue - Sat 09:00 - 17:00
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours

The boyhood home (1858-1872) of the only United States President born in...

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 that relate the story of young Theodore Roosevelt, his ranch days, presidency and exploration period.

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Interesting and free place to visit!

This Museum is run by the National Park Service (fitting since we have Teddy Roosevelt to thank for our parks)! It's free and they have tours hourly, except at noon. Our 26th... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Patricia M
Middletown, New Jersey
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Middletown, New Jersey
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Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

This Museum is run by the National Park Service (fitting since we have Teddy Roosevelt to thank for our parks)! It's free and they have tours hourly, except at noon. Our 26th President was born here although the original house was knocked down and rebuilt. 60% of the furnishings are original to him and the rest is correct to the... More 

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Charlottetown, Canada
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We went here as a time filler and were pleased with the visit. Tours are every hour on the hour mid-days by appointment as space is limited, so stop in in the morning and make your appointment, then come back 30 minutes before your time to confirm and use the time to view the main floor display and video. The... More 

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Haddonfield, New Jersey
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

For free, the public can visit the boyhood home of the 26th President of the United States. All together, you get a look at how the wealthy lived in the 1860s as well as how a sickly, asthmatic boy overcame the odds and became President. You will also become informed about TR's interests in adventure and natural history. In addition... More 

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Hong Kong, China
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
Reviewed 8 March 2017

No booking necessary but check they are open and what time the tour starts. Firstly this museum is FREE and small groups are taken around. A lovely girl took us around and gave us the full story and for someone from another country this gave me a wounderful insight to the No. 26th president who was a caring and giving... More 

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Reviewed 7 March 2017

If you are interested in turn of the XXth century history, this place will interest you. It is interesting to see where Teddy Roosevelt grew up and what influenced him. It is interesting, eventhough the tour isn't very long and there is not much else to see. That being said, it is very accessible (a few blocks from flatiron building)... More 

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Kent, Washington
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Reviewed 5 March 2017 via mobile

I came here and took the tour and had a nice experience. The tour was very interesting and it was great to see belongings that belonged to the Roosevelt family. There is a museum on the ground level that is well worth seeing as well. I came away with an increased knowledge of Theodore Roosevelt and life in 19th century... More 

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Michigan City, Indiana
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Reviewed 2 March 2017

We visited the this historic place for a group tour by the Park Service people. The tour lasted a half an hour and we found out the structure was not his original home but a re-created building constructed after he died. The rooms furnishings are, for the most part, not original and all of the rooms are dimly lit. There... More 

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RangerL_13, Public Relations Manager at Theodore Roosevelt Birthplace National Historic Site, responded to this review

Thank you for your visit and review! Approximately 60% of the objects in the historically furnished rooms are original Roosevelt family items, which is a high percentage for historic house museums. The remaining furnishings are period pieces from the 1850s. There are no reproductions in any of the rooms. The amount of items in the room was determined by the... More 

Seguin, Texas
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Reviewed 21 February 2017 via mobile

My wife and I visited this national park property on a quiet day touring the Chelsea area of Manhattan. Although the building is a replica, there are many artifacts and pieces of furniture that are original to the property or that belonged to the T. Roosevelt family. To see the main portion of the house, you must take a free... More 

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Reviewed 31 January 2017

This was a repeat visit for me - but the first time back since the house was closed for renovations. I will admit that I did not see what was renovated and updated - perhaps it was structural? Our tour guide was very intereing and engaging - we started in the Garden level - toured through the parlour floor and... More 

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New York, New York, United States
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
Reviewed 20 January 2017

Privileged child of wealthy New York family hears the call of public service, goes on to become President of the United States. Sound familiar? This historic site is interesting both for the story it tells of Teddy Roosevelt's formative years, and as an exemplar of how we remember and commemorate the past. Newly reopened after a restoration, a guided tour... More 

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