Located on the eastern shore of the Hudson River, the FDR Presidential Library and Museum offers an immersive learning experience. The Roosevelt Library aims to tell the story of the Roosevelt era and bring a “New Deal to a New Generation”. The Library, Museum, and the Home of Franklin D. Roosevelt offer a joint admission ticket valid for 2 consecutive days, giving visitors plenty of time to take in the full experience.
What is a Presidential Library?
Franklin D. Roosevelt was the first President of the United States to keep the evidence of his Presidency for future generations. Thanks to this new tradition, Presidential Libraries allow the people to engage with archived documents and records. Now, visitors to the FDR Presidential Library and Museum are encouraged to explore the exhibits and discover what makes FDR’s presidency so captivating.
The permanent museum exhibits tell Roosevelt’s presidential story, starting in the Great Depression and finishing with the New Deal and World War II. The permanent exhibit focuses on Franklin and Eleanor’s relationship with the American people. Roosevelt was said to have the goal of preserving evidence of the spontaneous communications he had with various American citizens.
Many interactive exhibits are included throughout the museum such as at the Oval Office Desk and in FDR’s Ford Phaeton. Controversial topics related to Roosevelt’s presidency are illustrated with digital flipbooks containing documents, photographs, and historian perspectives. These exhibits include the Japanese American Internment, the Holocaust, and the outcome of Roosevelt’s New Deal.
Attend a Fireside Chat
The new galleries at the FDR Library feature two Fireside Chat Environments. These have a radio and period furniture for visitors to sit in. After the Chat recording is finished, visitors can listen to readings of letters written to FDR from a variety of perspectives. This gives visitors an inside look at how American’s perceived Roosevelt during his presidency.
Looking for historic sites? Take a look at Home of Franklin D. Roosevelt National Historic Site
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