Theodore Roosevelt Birthplace National Historic Site

Theodore Roosevelt Birthplace National Historic Site

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Theodore Roosevelt Birthplace National Historic Site

New York

(212) 260-1616

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Overview

Theodore Roosevelt Birthplace NHS is located at 28 East 20th Street, between Broadway and Park Avenue South. Theodore Roosevelt, the 26th President of the United States, lived at this site from his birth on October 27, 1858 until he was 14 years old. The reconstructed house contains five period rooms, two museum galleries and a bookstore. Teedie, as young Roosevelt was nicknamed, was a sickly but bright boy, from a wealthy family. To improve his health, Teedie began an exercise program at the house's outdoor gymnasium that started a lifelong passion for the "strenuous life." After graduating from Harvard, Roosevelt pursued his boyhood dreams, as a rancher, naturalist, explorer, author and Colonel of the Rough Riders. His political service included reforming the U.S. Civil Service Commission and New York City Police Department, and terms as Governor of New York and Vice President of the U.S. Theodore Roosevelt became president when William McKinley was assassinated in September 1901. As President, Roosevelt pushed progressive reforms, such as conservation of public lands and trust busting, and negotiated an end to the war between Russia and Japan, for which he won a Nobel Peace Prize. Roosevelt's original birthplace was demolished in 1916. After Roosevelt's death in 1919, the site was purchased by the Women's Roosevelt Memorial Association, rebuilt and decorated with many of its original furnishings by Roosevelt's sisters and wife.

Map of Theodore Roosevelt Birthplace

Latitude, Longitude: 40.739161, -73.989787

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Activities

  • Historic Sites

    The period rooms can only be seen by guided tours. Park Ranger guided tours are available on the hour: 10 am, 11 am, 1 pm, 2 pm, 3 pm, 4 pm

    Each tour is limited to 15 people and lasts approximately 30 minutes. Late comers will be asked to join a later tour. Those who miss the 4 p.m. tour will need to return the following day.

    Groups of 10 or more need to call (212) 260-1616 and speak with a Ranger to book a group visit. Voice mail messages cannot be used for confirmation.

    Visitors may also visit the ground floor gallery which contains hundreds of original items from Roosevelt's colorful life.

Seasonality/Weather

New York City is best visited during the fall and spring. Summer tends to be hot and humid, while winter can range from mild to extreme.

Park Partners

The Theodore Roosevelt Association (TRA)

The purpose of the Theodore Roosevelt Association of Oyster Bay, New York, is to perpetuate the memory and ideals of Theodore Roosevelt, the 26th President of the United States, for the benefit of the people of the United States of America and the world; to instill in all who may be interested an appreciation for and understanding of the values, policies, cares, concerns, interests, and ideals that Theodore Roosevelt held; to preserve, protect and defend the Places, Monuments, Sites, Artifacts, Papers, and other important physical objects associated with Theodore Roosevelt's life, work, presidency, historical legacy, and current interpretations of his varied beliefs or actions; and, in general, to do all things appropriate and necessary to insure that detailed and accurate knowledge of Theodore Roosevelt's great and historic contributions are made available to any and all persons.

(516) 921-6319

Eastern National Bookstore

Eastern National, chartered in 1948, is an association operating in more than 130 national parks and other public trusts. Its policies and programs are guided by an elected board of directors. The board, the members and the staff are dedicated to the preservation and use of the parks for the benefit of all Americans, visitors from all nations and future generations.

(215) 283-6900

Directions

Driving

Parking in mid town Manhattan is extremely limited and extremely expensive. Driving is not recommended. Use of mass transit is preferable.

Public Transportation

There are a variety of subway and bus lines near Theodore Roosevelt Birthplace National Historic Site, 28 East 20th Street, Manhattan.

* Take the 4 or 5 (green), Q or N (yellow), or L (gray) subway to Union Square/East 14th Street.

* Take the 6 (green) subway to East 23rd Street at Park Avenue South.

* Take the R (yellow) subway to East 23rd Street at Broadway.

* Take the M-1 bus along Park Avenue South to East 23rd Street.

* Take the M-5 bus along Fifth Avenue to East 23rd Street.

* Take the M-2 or M-3 bus, running on both Fifth Avenue and Park Avenue South, to East 23rd Street.

* Take the M-23 crosstown bus along East 23rd Street to Broadway or Park Avenue South.

After taking public transportation, walk to East 20th Street. Theodore Roosevelt Birthplace is between Park Avenue South and Broadway.

Phone Numbers

Primary

(212) 260-1616

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