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Franklin Delano Roosevelt Memorial

Monument / Landmark · Southwest Washington
400 W Basin Drive SW (at Ohio Dr SW), Washington, D.C. 20024, United States
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    Ryan U.
    "amazing President and Founder of the March of Dimes."(8 Tips)
    Rachel B.
    "Amazing water features, fauna, statues & quotes from FDR."(8 Tips)
    Sean M.
    "Definitely the best memorial in DC."(5 Tips)
    Danielle S.
    "By far, my favorite memorial along with Lincoln."(4 Tips)
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  • IWalked Audio Tours

    Room Three is “The War Years” (1940-44). Loud waterfalls symbolize turmoil of US entrance to WWII. FDR sculpture controversial for lap blanket considered to hide handicap. Full site history via<LINK> Read more

    IWalked Audio Tours · October 10, 2012
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  • Erik C.

    One of the greatest presidents of all set a benchmark for all the monument is fitting. Some cool different sculptures beautiful waterfall read the words and take a moment big photo op here

    Erik Cintron · July 21, 2012
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  • IWalked Audio Tours

    After nearly 50 yrs in planning/construction & $48 million incurred, the 7.5 acre Franklin Delano Roosevelt Memorial was dedicated on May 2, 1997 by President Bill Clinton. Full site history via<LINK> Read more

    IWalked Audio Tours · October 10, 2012
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  • Rennie L.

    Sad to see how many visitors - wink, wink millennials - don't understand the monument depicting how impoverished we were, and decide to pose smiling with the statues of those in the food line.

    Rennie Leon · June 16, 2013
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  • ThePurplePassport.com

    Instead of clamoring around a large and looming monument, visitors are invited to explore four outdoor "rooms" that represent the four terms of his presidency from 1933 to 1945. Read more

    ThePurplePassport.com · June 27, 2013
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  • Ryan U.

    TeamTRI Tip: there are 2 FDR memorials in DC. The original is easy to miss...it's on the grounds of the Nat'l Archives. The other is this magnificent tribute. Find a park ranger and get the full scoop

    Ryan Underwood · January 22, 2011
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  • IWalked Audio Tours

    Room One is titled “The Early Years” and focuses on Roosevelt’s first term from 1932-1936. Along south wall is 30' bas relief by Robert Graham titled The First Inaugural. Full site history via<LINK> Read more

    IWalked Audio Tours · October 10, 2012
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  • Lorraine M.

    Try to go at an off hour, if you don't want a photo with a bunch of strangers in it (like this one, lol) Although I didn't mind too much - these were sweet giggly girls. :)

    Lorraine MacDonald · July 6, 2012
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  • IWalked Audio Tours

    Room Four “Seeds of Peace” (1944-1945). Statue pays tribute to the former first lady, Eleanor Roosevelt. This work was the first public artwork to honor a First Lady. Full site history via<LINK> Read more

    IWalked Audio Tours · October 10, 2012
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  • The Telegraph

    Stroll round the water’s edge taking in the monuments and memorials. The FDR Memorial is a must-see. Alternatively, rent a paddleboat (tidalbasinpaddleboats.com) or do a Potomac River cruise.

    The Telegraph · March 12, 2013
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  • Dustin P.

    The best memorial in DC, different quotes and sculptures are all around. Even on the steps! You could spend hours looking around this one monument.

    Dustin Pfannenstiel · October 21, 2009
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  • Dmtr

    Every text and statue symbolizes a different aspect of the FDR legacy. If you want to truly experience DC and FDR, read before visiting.

    Dmtr · July 2, 2015
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  • HISTORY

    This tribute features outdoor galleries, statues and inscriptions meant to represent the 32nd U.S. president’s time in office, from 1933 to 1945.

    HISTORY · July 6, 2012
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  • Angie H.

    A hidden gem of a monument. Not the most popular, but perhaps the most pleasant to visit, especially during cherry blossom season.

    Angie Harmon · 3 weeks ago
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  • Ryan U.

    One of TeamTRI's favorite places. Ride your bike. Run. Walk. Enjoy chilling and learning about this amazing President and Founder of the March of Dimes.

    Ryan Underwood · January 22, 2011
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  • IWalked Audio Tours

    Room Two is reflection of FDR’s 2nd term (1936-1940) titled “Social Policy.” Features 3 sculptures by George Segal (known for Gay Liberation work in NYC Christopher Park). Full site history via<LINK> Read more

    IWalked Audio Tours · October 10, 2012
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  • Mitch B.

    Check out the tiny wheels that were added to FDR's sitting statue (the one with his dog next to him)! There's a cool story behind it.

    Mitch Baker · July 31, 2012
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  • Ellen S.

    The falling water adds to your experience through feeling and sound. The water is still at Roosevelt's death and tumultuous during wartime.

    Ellen S. P. · December 24, 2015
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  • Jonathan B.

    This is an under-appreciated gem of a monument, and kids love it because there are lots of fountains and rocks to climb on.

    Jonathan Betz · April 8, 2013
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  • Katie W.

    Chat with the Rangers. They really know their stuff. Also, this is a great "hidden" site to impress your non-DC friends.

    Katie Willard · June 21, 2015
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  • Sean M.

    Definitely the best memorial in DC. Sculptures, waterfalls, evocative quotes... A fitting tribute to the man who brought this country out of the Great Depression.

    Sean McGrath · March 20, 2010
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  • Dora

    Kids say the best part of this memorial is the statue of three-foot high Fala, Roosevelt's Scotty dog, whom they're allowed to pet. Powered by ParentsConnect.com

    Dora · July 21, 2010
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  • Samantha C.

    Take time through this one. FDR did so much for our country in incredibly trying times. This monument to him is very touching

    Samantha Castagna · March 27, 2013
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  • Lindsey S.

    This is the most surprising, and all encompassing Memorial at The Mall. It's a little off the beaten path but it's worth the trip.

    Lindsey Smithson · April 7, 2013
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  • Trust for the National Mall

    We hope you enjoyed your visit to the FDR Memorial. Please join the Trust for the National Mall as we preserve this iconic park for future generations. Read more

    Trust for the National Mall · November 19, 2013
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  • Brian G.

    The newer FDR memorial in DC. The original monument can be found on Pennsylvania Avenue between the Capitol and the White House.

    Brian Gluckman · June 2, 2012
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  • J R.

    Ask yourself if the current leaders of our country have the same love of our country's REAL core values as FDR once did.

    J R · April 8, 2012
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  • Jen F.

    To avoid the crowds, arrive late afternoon or early evening and remember to bring a camera.

    Jen F · April 13, 2013
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  • JR R.

    Go to the FDR Memorial at night. The lights play with the statues and waters in a way that daylight just doesn't bring out. Read more

    JR Russ · October 30, 2009
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  • Paige C.

    One of the most beautiful memorials DC has. A lot to see and learn.

    Paige C · March 26
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  • Danielle S.

    Great memorial to see at sunset! By far, my favorite memorial along with Lincoln.

    Danielle S. · March 28, 2013
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  • Presidential Libraries

    Did you know Franklin Delano Roosevelt hosted a hot dog picnic at his private retreat in Hyde Park, New York for King George VI and Queen Elizabeth?

    Presidential Libraries · November 3, 2011
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  • Benjamin B.

    Great narrative landscape architecture. Start from the west end to experience it correctly.

    Benjamin Boyd · May 12, 2011
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  • Rachel B.

    My favorite memorial. Amazing water features, fauna, statues & quotes from FDR.

    Rachel Burton Spriggs · October 3, 2012
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  • Cheryl S.

    Worst president EVER! Just skip over this one. He is the reason our country is so in debt now. Let's all lean on the government!

    Cheryl Salway · May 23, 2013
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  • Peter d.

    Big monument, take some time to read all the signs.

    Peter den Hartog · November 30, 2015
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  • Shoaib T.

    Amazing place . Great learning and yes nice walk along yhe river peaceful

    Shoaib Tariq · August 21, 2014
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  • Richard R.

    Make sure to start at Term 1 and work you way through the time line.

    Richard Revilla · May 12, 2012
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  • Kelly W.

    Amazing sculptures, waterfalls, and quotes!

    Kelly Wong · November 6, 2014
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  • Jon S.

    I'm not sure why people are coming up and taking pic in the bread line with smiles on. It was not a happy time.

    Jon Stewart · September 16, 2011
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  • Summer H.

    "Hands down my favorite memorial in DC..the tidal basin is gorgeous in the summer." - Kim, COL' 12

    Summer Hoya · May 16, 2012
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  • Tracy S.

    Take the time to visit this one. It's beautifully done

    Tracy Stewart · September 6, 2015
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  • Andrea C.

    Beautiful in the early evening. Walk through and pet the dog.

    Andrea C · August 11, 2014
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  • Ashley S.

    My favorite memorial in all of DC. Tip: take lots of pictures! #mco435

    Ashley Shumway · November 17, 2013
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  • Susan C.

    I love it. It's very understated but nicely designed.

    Susan C · August 23, 2012
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  • Jeremy W.

    Off the beaten path, but a great tribute to America's most ambitious President.

    Jeremy Wilcox · February 9, 2015
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  • Parth A.

    Stunning view of the tidal basin. Good walk around the basin.

    Parth Agarwal · October 19, 2015
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  • Chris T.

    If you make it this far you are almost to Jefferson. You gotta see Jefferson, declaration of Independence writer?!!

    Chris T · November 26, 2011
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  • Amy K.

    More involved and evocative than most of the monuments. Take the full walk through

    Amy Kocur · October 11, 2011
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  • Susan B.

    Start at the water falls and work your way to the quiet pool.

    Susan Brashear · November 1, 2011
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