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Franklin Delano Roosevelt Memorial

Monument / Landmark
Southwest Washington, Washington
  • 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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  • Samir L.
    Samir LJune 29
    Water features galore - totally tranquil space. Especially awesome when lit at night/dusk.
  • Skifchik
    SkifchikJune 4
    An incredible place! Very strong emotions! Eternal memory to the great man!
    Upvoted Jun 22
  • Angie H.
    A hidden gem of a monument. Not the most popular, but perhaps the most pleasant to visit, especially during cherry blossom season.
    Upvoted Jun 4
  • Paige C.
    Paige CMarch 26
    One of the most beautiful memorials DC has. A lot to see and learn.
  • Ellen S.
    Ellen S. P.December 24, 2015
    The falling water adds to your experience through feeling and sound. The water is still at Roosevelt's death and tumultuous during wartime.
  • Peter d.
    Peter den HartogNovember 30, 2015
    Big monument, take some time to read all the signs.
  • Parth A.
    Parth AgarwalOctober 19, 2015
    Stunning view of the tidal basin. Good walk around the basin.
  • Tracy S.
    Tracy StewartSeptember 6, 2015
    Take the time to visit this one. It's beautifully done
  • Dmtr
    DmtrJuly 2, 2015
    Every text and statue symbolizes a different aspect of the FDR legacy. If you want to truly experience DC and FDR, read before visiting.
  • Katie W.
    Katie WillardJune 21, 2015
    Chat with the Rangers. They really know their stuff. Also, this is a great "hidden" site to impress your non-DC friends.
  • Jeremy W.
    Jeremy WilcoxFebruary 9, 2015
    Off the beaten path, but a great tribute to America's most ambitious President.
  • Kelly W.
    Kelly WongNovember 6, 2014
    Amazing sculptures, waterfalls, and quotes!
  • Shoaib T.
    Shoaib TariqAugust 21, 2014
    Amazing place . Great learning and yes nice walk along yhe river peaceful
  • Andrea C.
    Andrea CAugust 11, 2014
    Beautiful in the early evening. Walk through and pet the dog.
  • 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
  • Ashley S.
    Ashley ShumwayNovember 17, 2013
    My favorite memorial in all of DC. Tip: take lots of pictures! #mco435
    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
  • Rennie L.
    Rennie LeonJune 16, 2013
    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.
  • Cheryl S.
    Cheryl SalwayMay 23, 2013
    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!
  • Jen F.
    Jen FApril 13, 2013
    To avoid the crowds, arrive late afternoon or early evening and remember to bring a camera.
  • Jonathan B.
    Jonathan BetzApril 8, 2013
    This is an under-appreciated gem of a monument, and kids love it because there are lots of fountains and rocks to climb on.
    Upvoted Jun 13
  • Lindsey S.
    Lindsey SmithsonApril 7, 2013
    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.
  • Danielle S.
    Danielle S.March 28, 2013
    Great memorial to see at sunset! By far, my favorite memorial along with Lincoln.
  • Samantha C.
    Samantha CastagnaMarch 27, 2013
    Take time through this one. FDR did so much for our country in incredibly trying times. This monument to him is very touching
  • The Telegraph
    The TelegraphMarch 12, 2013
    Stroll round the water’s edge taking in the monuments and memorials. The FDR Memorial is a must-see. Alternatively, rent a paddleboat ( or do a Potomac River cruise.
  • IWalked Audio Tours
    IWalked Audio ToursOctober 10, 2012
    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
    IWalked Audio ToursOctober 10, 2012
    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
    IWalked Audio ToursOctober 10, 2012
    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
    IWalked Audio ToursOctober 10, 2012
    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
    IWalked Audio ToursOctober 10, 2012
    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
  • Rachel B.
    Rachel Burton SpriggsOctober 3, 2012
    My favorite memorial. Amazing water features, fauna, statues & quotes from FDR.
  • Mitch B.
    Mitch BakerJuly 31, 2012
    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.
  • Erik C.
    Erik CintronJuly 21, 2012
    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
  • Lorraine M.
    Lorraine MacDonaldJuly 6, 2012
    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. :)
    HISTORYJuly 6, 2012
    This tribute features outdoor galleries, statues and inscriptions meant to represent the 32nd U.S. president’s time in office, from 1933 to 1945.
  • Brian G.
    Brian GluckmanJune 2, 2012
    The newer FDR memorial in DC. The original monument can be found on Pennsylvania Avenue between the Capitol and the White House.
  • Summer H.
    Summer HoyaMay 16, 2012
    "Hands down my favorite memorial in DC..the tidal basin is gorgeous in the summer." - Kim, COL' 12
  • Richard R.
    Richard RevillaMay 12, 2012
    Make sure to start at Term 1 and work you way through the time line.
  • J R.
    J RApril 8, 2012
    Ask yourself if the current leaders of our country have the same love of our country's REAL core values as FDR once did.
  • Chris T.
    Chris TNovember 26, 2011
    If you make it this far you are almost to Jefferson. You gotta see Jefferson, declaration of Independence writer?!!
  • Presidential Libraries
    Presidential LibrariesNovember 3, 2011
    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?
  • Jared S.
    Jared SOctober 5, 2011
    Be sure to read all his quotes. Very inspirational.
  • Jon S.
    Jon StewartSeptember 16, 2011
    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.
  • Benjamin B.
    Benjamin BoydMay 12, 2011
    Great narrative landscape architecture. Start from the west end to experience it correctly.
  • Ryan U.
    Ryan UnderwoodJanuary 22, 2011
    TeamTRI Tip: there are 2 FDR memorials in DC. The original is easy to'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 U.
    Ryan UnderwoodJanuary 22, 2011
    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.
  • Dora
    DoraJuly 21, 2010
    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
  • Sean M.
    Sean McGrathMarch 20, 2010
    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.
  • JR R.
    JR RussOctober 30, 2009
    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
  • Dustin P.
    Dustin PfannenstielOctober 21, 2009
    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.
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