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Franklin Delano Roosevelt Memorial

Outdoor Free
Monuments, School Trip, Educational, Historical
1850 West Basin Dr SW, Washington, DC
URL: Franklin Delano Roosevelt...  Phone: 202-426-6841

Activity Overview

The Franklin Delano Roosevelt Memorial is a presidential memorial on the National Mall in Washington, D.C. that is dedicated to Franklin Delano Roosevelt, the 32nd President of the United States. It consists of four outdoor rooms with bronze sculptures and murals that depict important events from his four terms as president. It also features sculptures of FDR, his wife, Eleanor Roosevelt, and his Scottie dog, Fala. While it may not be as famous as the Lincoln Memorial or the Washington Monument, it is still well worth a visit.

Things to Do

  • Explore the four outdoor rooms of the memorial which symbolize FDR's four terms as president.
  • View the many water beautiful features throughout the memorial, which symbolize important events of his presidency, including the Great Depression, World War II, and the dam-building project of the Tennessee Valley Authority.
  • Check out the many sculptures of FDR, including a recently added sculpture of the president in a wheelchair.

Franklin Delano Roosevelt Memorial Insider Tips

  • There is actually another memorial to FDR in Washington, D.C. in front of the National Archives that you can visit - it is a very modest memorial that was created based on his wishes before his death.
  • Don't forget to bring your camera! You'll want to take photos of all of the beautiful sculptures, including the sculpture of FDR and his Scottie dog Fala, the only presidential pet depicted in a national memorial.
  • The easiest way to get to the memorial using public transportation is by taking Metrobus routes 32, 34, or 36, or taking the Metro to the Smithsonian station.

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