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“Excellent Informative Free Tour and Exhibit”

Theodore Roosevelt Birthplace National Historic Site
Ranked #176 of 1,078 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 that relate the story of young Theodore Roosevelt, his ranch days, presidency and exploration period.
Useful Information: Stairs / lift, Activities for young children
Brooklyn, New York
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138 reviews
68 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 177 helpful votes
“Excellent Informative Free Tour and Exhibit”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 October 2013

I have lived in NYC my entire life, and only recently visited Teddy Roosevelt's Birthplace National Historic Site. I happened to be in the area, had some time to spare, and was in the middle of reading a biography about Teddy Roosevelt, so I'd figure I'd check it out. This little known museum in the brownstone in which Teddy Roosevelt was born was surprisingly awesome.

On the first floor was a small information booth/gift shop and an exhibit relating to various aspects of Teddy Roosevelt's life, focusing on his presidency and his losing presidential election of 1912. The rest of the home is only accessible if you join a tour, which is led by a very knowledgeable guide. Our guide had tons of historical information about the Roosevelts, NYC, architecture and the home furnishings of the mid to late 1800's. The bedrooms, living room, dining rooms are all filled with furniture and artifacts belonging to the Roosevelts. Very Cool.

My favorite part of the tour was the view of the little outdoor exercise area on a porch accessible from Teddy Roosevelt's bedroom window, where he spent time as a youngster trying to overcome his childhood asthma.

Definitely worth a visit if you are into history and/or architecture.

Visited November 2012
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AZ
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 107 helpful votes
“Great piece of history”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 September 2013

People who like architecture, history, presidents, stories of ambitious folks, or the Victorian era will love this place. Even if you aren't a fan of any of the above items, it's still interesting. There are tours every half hour and there's a climate controlled area to see some exhibits or shop in the museum store while you wait. We saw a film about TRs childhood. Even though he was born into a wealthy family, TR and his ambition reminds me of Ben Franklin. Being in the backyard is also a nice little respite from the city. I'd definitely recommend anyone over the age of six to check this out.

Visited September 2013
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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 42 helpful votes
“Hidden gem in Manhattan”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 September 2013

On a recent trip up to Manhattan I had just a few hours of free time with my wife and we decided on the Theodore Roosevelt Birthplace National Historic Site. We were not disappointed. The staff was great and we arrived just in time for a tour, which lasted 40 minutes. The tour was great and the guide was very knowledgeable and friendly. With all the tourist attractions in Manhattan to see, it would be easy to overlook this place, but make the time to visit.

Visited September 2013
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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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“The conservation president site - FREE”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 September 2013

Tip: tours are free, they start on the hour/ every hour from 9am to 5pm and they last 40 min.
There are tours to visit the house but we didn't have enough time to do it. We just checked the museum that displays some info about TR's life which is interesting.
We really admire TR's determination to enlarge the NP service. If you are interested in know more about it, there is a documentary, available on Amazon prime, about the NP system. It's very interesting.
When we left we came across Woody Allen. He was taking a cab.

Visited June 2013
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Columbus, Georgia
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“a Little Gem”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 August 2013

There is much to see and learn here, much furniture original to the house and to the family. The tour guide was patient and interesting. I was disappointed we did not get to see Theodore's childhood bedroom on the upper floor, the first "natural history museum" in NY, as books tell.

Visited August 2013
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