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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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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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Loved the building

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... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 2 weeks ago
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Hong Kong, China
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

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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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

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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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago 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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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

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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Seguin, Texas
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago 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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3 of 5 bubbles 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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5 of 5 bubbles 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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Shanghai, China
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 January 2017

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 4 January 2017

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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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 December 2016

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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