Rutherford B. Hayes Presidential Library & Museums
Fremont, OH 43420
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Hours of OperationMonday - Friday: 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday - 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Sunday - 12:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Visit President Rutherford B. Hayes’ wooded estate of Spiegel Grove, home of America’s first presidential library. Tour the president’s 31-room Victorian mansion, see his tomb, visit the newly renovated museum, explore the library and walk the mile of paved trails through the wooded estate, known as Spiegel Grove.
The Hayes Presidential Library & Museums is located at Spiegel Grove, in Fremont, Ohio. It is America’s first presidential library and the forerunner of the federal presidential library system.
Themed tours of the Hayes Home, hands-on artifact activities, museum tours, grounds tours and more are offered on certain days. Special events are offered throughout the year. For details, visit rbhayes.org.
The museum underwent a $1.6 million renovation in 2016. The nearly all-new exhibits include interactive components and tell the story of President Rutherford B. Hayes and First Lady Lucy Hayes. Learn about the time when the Hayeses were in the White House, the issues they faced and their thoughts on those issues. Learn about the Hayeses through the couple’s own words, including diary entries and letters. Sit at the Resolute Desk - a replica of the one in the Oval Office of the White House - and take a selfie. Try on a Civil War soldier’s haversack and feel what it was like to carry life’s necessities around each day.
The Hayes Home was renovated in 2012, and the first floor was returned to how it looked when Rutherford and Lucy lived there. Nearly all of the artifacts and furniture in the home are original to the Hayes Family, and historic photos were used to place the furniture and paintings where they were during the Hayes’ day. See the president’s “man cave;” the couple’s bedroom, which was a gathering place for the family; the parlors where they entertained guests and more.
The Hayes home is a 31-room Victorian mansion. The upper floor includes President Hayes’ “Little Smithsonian,” where he kept many artifacts he’d collected, and the bedroom of his and Lucy’s only daughter, Fanny Hayes.