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Franklin Delano Roosevelt Memorial

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Southwest Washington, Washington
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  • Rachel B.
    "Amazing water features, fauna, statues & quotes from FDR."(8 Tips)
    Ryan U.
    "amazing President and Founder of the March of Dimes."(7 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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  • HISTORY
    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.
  • 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. :)
  • Ryan U.
    Ryan UnderwoodJanuary 22, 2011
    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
  • 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 (tidalbasinpaddleboats.com) or do a Potomac River cruise.
  • 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
  • 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.
  • Angie H.
    Angie HarmonApril 8, 2016
    A hidden gem of a monument. Not the most popular, but perhaps the most pleasant to visit, especially during cherry blossom season.
  • 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.
  • 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
  • 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.
  • 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
  • Skifchik
    SkifchikJune 4, 2016
    An incredible place! Very strong emotions! Eternal memory to the great man!
  • 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
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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.
  • Paige C.
    Paige CMarch 26, 2016
    One of the most beautiful memorials DC has. A lot to see and learn.
  • 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
  • Shoaib T.
    Shoaib TariqAugust 21, 2014
    Amazing place . Great learning and yes nice walk along yhe river peaceful
  • 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.
  • Kelly W.
    Kelly WongNovember 6, 2014
    Amazing sculptures, waterfalls, and quotes!
  • Samir L.
    Samir LJune 29, 2016
    Water features galore - totally tranquil space. Especially awesome when lit at night/dusk.
  • Danielle S.
    Danielle S.March 28, 2013
    Great memorial to see at sunset! By far, my favorite memorial along with Lincoln.
  • Jen F.
    Jen FApril 13, 2013
    To avoid the crowds, arrive late afternoon or early evening and remember to bring a camera.
  • 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 ParentsConnect.com
  • 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.
  • Rachel B.
    Rachel Burton SpriggsOctober 3, 2012
    My favorite memorial. Amazing water features, fauna, statues & quotes from FDR.
  • 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.
  • Peter d.
    Peter den HartogNovember 30, 2015
    Big monument, take some time to read all the signs.
  • Ashley S.
    Ashley ShumwayNovember 17, 2013
    My favorite memorial in all of DC. Tip: take lots of pictures! #mco435
  • 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.
  • Andrea C.
    Andrea CAugust 11, 2014
    Beautiful in the early evening. Walk through and pet the dog.
  • Richard R.
    Richard RevillaMay 12, 2012
    Make sure to start at Term 1 and work you way through the time line.
  • 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?
  • 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.
  • Benjamin B.
    Benjamin BoydMay 12, 2011
    Great narrative landscape architecture. Start from the west end to experience it correctly.
  • Parth A.
    Parth AgarwalOctober 19, 2015
    Stunning view of the tidal basin. Good walk around the basin.
  • Dave L.
    Dave LazApril 10
    No matter how many times, it still holds a special place for me.
    Upvoted Apr 16
  • Summer H.
    Summer HoyaMay 16, 2012
    "Hands down my favorite memorial in DC..the tidal basin is gorgeous in the summer." - Kim, COL' 12
  • Sergei M.
    Sergei MitrofanovJanuary 16, 2015
    Great man. Great memory.
  • Jeremy W.
    Jeremy WilcoxFebruary 9, 2015
    Off the beaten path, but a great tribute to America's most ambitious President.
  • Ryan J.
    Ryan JorgensonNovember 6, 2014
    One of the more serene monuments.
  • Tracy S.
    Tracy StewartSeptember 6, 2015
    Take the time to visit this one. It's beautifully done
  • Susan C.
    Susan CAugust 23, 2012
    I love it. It's very understated but nicely designed.
  • Mike D.
    Mike DavisJune 23, 2015
    The first memorial with a first lady and a first dog.
  • Britt A.
    Britt AntonyMay 30, 2015
    Pay homage to one of the best First Ladies we've had
  • Amy K.
    Amy KocurOctober 11, 2011
    More involved and evocative than most of the monuments. Take the full walk through
  • Hauoli P.
    Hauoli PazMay 11, 2013
    I need to do this again at night. Impressive and creative design.
  • Jared S.
    Jared SakOctober 5, 2011
    Be sure to read all his quotes. Very inspirational.
  • Susan B.
    Susan BrashearNovember 1, 2011
    Start at the water falls and work your way to the quiet pool.
  • David G.
    David GannaloApril 21, 2013
    Love the statue if the dog (Fala)...
  • Jon S.
    Jon StewartSeptember 16, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    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.
  • Connie H.
    Connie HaroJanuary 11, 2013
    One of the best memorials! Love this place!
  • Emilie A.
    Emilie A.March 21, 2014
    Rub his finger for good luck!!
  • Bridget C.
    The symbolism is wonderful.
  • Heather Z.
    Heather Z.April 18, 2013
    Worth seeing!! Beautifully done
  • Alejandra I.
    Alejandra IrazoqueMarch 25, 2013
    Woooow!!! Read all tge phrases, nice thoughts
  • Shay
    ShayApril 8, 2015
    Lots of quotes from Roosevelt. Take to read them al.
  • Chip D.
    Chip D.March 7, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    Impressive and moving. Planners beautifully rendered this memorial.
  • Rice L.
    Rice LiuJune 5, 2015
    Love the waterfalls!
  • Bill
    BillJune 28, 2011
    Great place to take a date at night #toptuesday
  • nathan e.
    nathan evnasApril 13, 2013
    I share the same middle names as this guy
  • Steve A.
    Steve A.August 4, 2013
    Coolest of all the monuments.
  • Tom S.
    Tom SakellJune 26, 2012
    Pet the dog
  • Jobs Not Cuts
    Jobs Not CutsJanuary 20, 2013
    Stand w/ @BarackObama: Protect Medicare, Medicaid & Education. Support #JobsNotCuts Read more
  • 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
  • Dirty B.
    Dirty BirdAugust 9, 2014
    Love all the water featured
  • Kenny D.
    Kenny DDecember 7, 2014
    Most of Roosevelt's quotes are even more relevant today
  • Bryan T.
    Bryan ThomasAugust 3, 2012
    Come here for anti-American quotes!
  • John W.
    John WouJune 15, 2015
    FDR with his superhero cape
  • Chris S.
    Chris SJune 7, 2011
    This memorial is as much about today's world as it was FDRs. Why did we not learn this lesson?
  • Lizzie H.
    Lizzie HatfieldMarch 27, 2016
    Best memorial in DC.
  • Kara K.
    Kara KennedySeptember 21, 2011
    Probably my favorite of the monuments.
  • 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?!!
  • Nancy L.
    Nancy LuckhurstApril 14, 2013
    Restrooms here at both ends of the Memorial.
  • Alicia H.
    Alicia HuntAugust 29, 2013
    Children enjoying the monument.
  • Phoebe C.
    Phoebe ChenApril 23, 2012
    Very Zen :-)
  • Serg P.
    Serg PDecember 23, 2012
    Try to remember all his thoughts.
  • 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!
  • Taylor L.
    Taylor LarsenAugust 12, 2010
    My favorite of all the memorials!
  • Doug W.
    Doug WMarch 2
    Lots and lots of water.
  • Alessandro B.
    Alessandro BarchiMay 13, 2011
    President that got all of you social security!
  • Mike B.
    Mike BarkerOctober 4, 2014
    Stay off the rocks
  • Cari
    CariMay 19, 2012
    Nice breeze
  • William T.
    William ThorneApril 8, 2012
    enjoyed all
  • Maura K.
    Maura KellyApril 14, 2014
    Wait for the evening lights...
  • Jen F.
    Jen FApril 13, 2013
    Don't use the bathrooms, they are disgusting.
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