The FDR Memorial is one of Washington DC's top attractions and honors Franklin D. Roosevelt for leading the United States through the Great Depression and World War II. This impressive park-like memorial is spread over 7.5 acres and features four outdoor gallery rooms depicting the 12 years of FDR’s presidency.
FDR was the only president to be elected four times. The memorial includes ten bronze sculptures of President Roosevelt and his wife Eleanor Roosevelt featuring waterfalls and giant stones engraved with famous quotations relating to issues from the Great Depression to World War II, such as “The only thing we have to fear, is fear itself.” FDR was the only president to ever have a handicap.
He suffered from polio and sat in a wheelchair. The FDR memorial is the first monument designed to be wheelchair accessible.
The memorial is located along the western shore of the Tidal Basin. The best way to get to the Tidal Basin is to take a sightseeing tour or to take Metro to the Smithsonian Station on the Blue or Orange lines. From the station, walk west on Independence Avenue to 15th Street. Turn left and head south along 15th Street. The Smithsonian station is about a mile from the FDR Memorial. See a map of the Tidal Basin
There is very limited parking near the Memorial. East Potomac Park has 320 FREE parking spaces. The Tidal Basin is just a short walk from the park. Handicap parking and a bus loading zone are available on West Basin Drive SW.
- Visit the Memorial on a nice day and take some time to enjoy a quiet walk around the grounds. Read the inscriptions and be sure to look at the details of the sculptures. You are permitted to touch the sculptures.
- Browse in the bookstore, located near the memorial entrance along West Basin Drive.
- Walk along the Tidal Basin and visit some of the other Memorials . Read more about the Tidal Basin.
- Note, the FDR Memorial has some of the best restroom facilities within the National Park areas of Washington DC, so take the opportunity to use them.
FDR Memorial Hours:
Open 24 hours
Rangers on duty daily 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 p.m.
Bookstore: open daily from 9:00 a.m. until 6:00 p.m.
1850 West Basin Dr. SW