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Franklin Delano Roosevelt Memorial

400 West Basin Drive SW, Washington, District of Columbia 20002 USA

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If we’re being honest, Franklin Roosevelt could probably use a bigger, better memorial… and the one that exists is already 7.5 acres. It’s a particularly cool monument for history buffs, as it is made up of four “outdoor rooms” that depict key moments from his four Presidential terms. It’s cool to see where the statues have worn away from people rubbing it for luck. Dog lovers will also enjoy the memorial, as one scene features FDR’s very good Scottish terrier, Fala.

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“honoring one of america's greats”

These words by President Franklin Delano Roosevelt ushered the United States into World War II and defined what it is to be an American. Stop by this secluded memorial and begin to understand the Roosevelt legacy.

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Reviewed by
Tatiana Danger

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July 13, 2014
Rated 3.0

This is a very unusual memorial and also very underrated. Please don't try to have your kid sit on Roosevelt's lap. If your little one gets hands, they can pet Fala, Roosevelt's pet Scottish terrier. You should plan on spending about 30 minutes, there's some great lines from his speeches at the memorial, definitely worth a read. A fun fact: This was the first memorial designed for wheelchair accessibility, and with braille on pillars for the blind.

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Nick Philpott

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July 11, 2014
Rated 5.0

This is one of my favorite DC memorials because it's the most spacious. I don't dig crowds much, and some of the bigger monuments get packed. This one is built along a winding path through a quiet garden tucked into DC, and it's very peaceful. It really lets you think about what the memorial is there for, and take in some lessons.

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Austin Coop

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July 12, 2014
Rated 4.0

Such an interesting memorial... Well-laid out and spacious- intentionally built this way for people with limited mobility. Captures the Roosevelts really well. Not as talked about as other monuments and memorials, but actually one of the better memorials in all of DC.

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Smoke93

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April 14, 2018
Rated 5.0

One of the most underrated stops in the Mall area. Walk by it from the MLK memorial on your way to Jefferson but save time because there's a lot to see here.

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Anthony Arata

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October 24, 2016
Rated 3.0

Plan on spending at least 15-20 minutes checking this place out. There is a lot to see here and it is fairly spread out. You see a lot of his quotes from different periods of his presidency. The part that struck me the most was a scene where you see people standing outside of a small building waiting in line, probably hoping to get some food, as this scene was taken from the time of The Great Depression.

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Franklin Delano Roosevelt Memorial

400 West Basin Drive SW
Washington, District of Columbia
20002 USA
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