The Franklin Delano Roosevelt Memorial is a presidential memorial in Washington D.C., dedicated to the memory of Franklin Delano Roosevelt, the 32nd President of the United States, and to the era he represents. The memorial is the second of two that have been constructed in Washington to commemorate that president.
Dedicated on May 2, 1997 by President Bill Clinton, the national memorial, spread over 7.5 acres (3.0 ha) adjacent to the southwest side of the Tidal Basin along the Cherry Tree Walk in West Potomac Park, traces 12 years of the history of the United States through a sequence of four outdoor rooms, one for each of FDR's terms of office. Sculptures inspired by photographs depict the 32nd president alongside his dog Fala.
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Renae Ludrick | Jan 6, 2018
FDR is one of America's most well known President and this memorial is a very nice tribute to him. This memorial is easily accessible and definitely worth stopping and seeing if you are on the national mall. Parking can be tough I suggest using the D.C. hopper bus system which will pick you up and drop you off within a short walking distance.
Dave | Dec 13, 2017
DC is my favourite city. It is filled with memorials and monuments. The FDR memorial has to be my favourite memorials I have been to. The way it encapsulate the breadlines that the people in the great depression were standing in to get food well also working in the little details about FDR's presidency. The statue of the man listening to FDR's famous fireside chats to the his wife Eleanor and dog fala by his side. Fun fact this is one of the only memorial that encourages people to bring their dogs on a leash of course. The amount of symbolic details that went into this memorial is amazing and I know it is quite a stretch from the Mall but it isn't to bad of a walk and it is highly worth it.
Joshua Clarke | Nov 22, 2017
Beautiful memorial that gave a great scenic view of the area. Those who love waterfalls will really like this display. Also, a special thanks to the US military helicopter pilot that saw me taking pictures of him and turned to make a direct fly-over. That made my day!
Phineas Reichert | Oct 18, 2017
A very large monument without a very clear story or learning objective. Seemed more like a modern art exhibit featuring FDR. Still worth going to, but not a must see. The MLK Jr memorial is very close by, and it is a much more interesting site to visit. It would probably be wise to get a few pamphlets or take a guided tour to make your experience more worthwhile.
David Conroy | Oct 16, 2017
Very well done memorial. The four rooms representing his terms do a great job of telling the story of his evolving and complicated presidency. The statue of FDR in the wheelchair was a blatant miss when it opened originally but has been corrected. Any memorial of him that does not address his disability is not honoring the full picture of the man. The inclusion of Eleanor is totally appropriate and should be expanded. As important as it was, she was more than an international diplomat and women’s advocate. She saw the greatness in him, and pushed him to become the compassionate statesman everyone remembers. Without her, FDR would have never entered public office after his paralysis.
Suji Mao | Mar 6, 2018
This memorial has many inspirational quotes I wish our president would take the time to read them and think about them. The monument has four different sections each one is dedicated to a term in office. It is a nice area to walk through during the Cherry Blossom Festival.
Craig Hargrave-Hames | Mar 24, 2018
It is one of my favorite spots for reflection in the city. A beautiful monument that speaks louder than words. Moving and inspiring.
Patrick Ayres | Mar 29, 2018
I absolutely love to see and feel the reason that I signed up to defend this great nation with my life, in memorial. We truly stand on the shoulders of giants.
Sergio Louis | Apr 18, 2018
Well worth the visit, dog friendly. A lot more to see than I expected. Some great quotes engraved on the walls, to make you reflect about life. I loved it, it gave me the "I love my America" chills. Check it out, you won't regret it. There are also beautiful cherry blossom trees to make the walk through even more magical.
Theresa Marko | May 7, 2018
This is a really large and great memorial. Really makes you stop and ponder FDR's words and how poignant they are today. It makes you realize that there were a lot of people that struggled before us and we have their legacy to fight for. There are benches to sit down on and bathrooms. There's plenty of shade of area to take a nice rest.
Chris Flanigan | Apr 28, 2018
This is one of my favorite memorials. The thought that went into the design was spectacular. The water features integrated into the design are beautiful and prominent. Each section having a theme is a great idea, and does a great job of conveying the "big picture" of that particular term. Visit this site, you won't regret it!
Peter Knickerbocker | Apr 13, 2018
I’m currently living in DC and have been to the mall lots of times with visiting family members. I went on a long walk around the tidal basin to see the memorials I haven’t seen and the cherry blossoms. The FDR memorial was extensive and well done. Seemed to key into different moments in his presidency and provide a glimpse into that time. There are waterfalls, rock piles, statues and quotes. Loved this memorial
NA | May 22, 2018
Very humbling place to visit. This area is really beautiful and I loved reading all the quotes throughout the memorial. Hopefully they add bigger signs asking people who are biking to walk their bikes through the area. We visited this place in the daytime but didn’t have the opportunity to visit at night.
Arthur Jameson | Jun 16, 2018
This place is absolutely stunning. A great tribute. The work put in to the design clearly shows through. When I was there there were quite a few schools there running around. It didn’t bother me but if you like peace and quiet it might be better to visit during the earlier hours of the day. Otherwise, plan on spending at least an hour hear as there’s a lot to see.
Kevin Calloway | Jun 13, 2018
Beautiful views and very quiet at night. Safe even late. Can find groups of quiet kids playing Pokemon Go, park police are nearby, and lots of the area is lit. Do not go near the water within days after rain due to higher tide. Bathrooms close around 10pm
Fred Cruz | Jul 30, 2018
We did the Hop-on-Hop-off bus tour and saw this in the twilight tour. When we got there, the sun had already set. I'm going to give Matthew, the tour curator, did an excellent job on the entire tour. My favorite part was the FDR memorial. He was very passionate and informative. I highly recommend if you don't know the history of FDR, that you consider a guided tour of the memorial. Seeing it at night was real neat too.
Seth Winn | Jul 6, 2018
This was one of my favorite places around the Washington Mall. FDR was a great man, and an exceptional president. Whether or not you agree with his politics you have to admire his accomplishments. This memorial pays homage to him and to Eleanor as well. There is beautiful architecture and stonework throughout. Many of his more memorable quotes are elegantly placed throughout the memorial. He was an eloquent, empathetic man and has no rival among 20th century presidents for his impact to the United States, with the possible exception of Teddy Roosevelt. The memorial progresses through his 4 terms as president chronologically. Each section is full of history and is beautifully done.
Cassandra Y. | Jul 16, 2018
This is absolutely the best memorial I have ever been too!! Well design~ All the status are beautiful. The stone are so artistic. All the quotes on the stone are so inspiring!! I can stay there for hours and take lots of pictures. Definitely a to go place when you are in Washington D.C.!!
Alex Gladney-Lemon | Jul 4, 2018
The best memorial to attend. A great man deserves a great memorial. The gift shop at the beginning is welcomed in summer time. Not only because of the AC but the huge fan. A powerful walk through his four terms, it is very well done. Even a great tribute to Elenore.
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