10 Best Presidential Homes & Libraries You Can Visit

  • Monticello

    Thomas Jefferson's Monticello in Charlottesville, Virginia

    Monticello in Charlottesville, Virginia is perhaps the most famous Presidential home – the plantation estate where Thomas Jefferson lived. Besides being an astute politician, Jefferson was an art-enthusiast, and that enthusiasm is evident in the landscaping and architectural details.

    Photo courtesy of Bob Mical

  • Animatronic LBJ

    LBJ Presidential Library in Austin, Texas

    The Lyndon B. Johnson Presidential Library in Austin, Texas got a multimillion dollar makeover in December 2012, so there's no better time to visit. New features include interactive Vietnam War and legislation exhibits, a social justice gallery with recordings of LBJ's phone conversations and a downloadable app that will help guide you through the museum.

    Photo courtesy of LBJ Library Photo by Lauren Gerson

  • Model office

    Richard M. Nixon Presidential Library & Museum in Yorba Linda, CA

    Love him or hate him, Richard Nixon was one of the country's most fascinating presidents, and you can learn all about him at the Richard M. Nixon Presidential Library & Museum. In the 9-acre site located just fifteen minutes from Disneyland, you'll find replicas of the Lincoln Sitting Room and East Room of the White House as they looked in Nixon's day, Nixon's helicopter and a fascination exhibit on the space program.

    Photo courtesy of Stuart Seeger

  • Inside FDR's house

    Home of Franklin D. Roosevelt National Historic Site in Hyde Park, New York

    President Franklin D. Roosevelt said of his home at Springwood, "All that is within me cries out to go back to my home on the Hudson River." The much-beloved man was the only President to be elected four times. The Hyde Park historic site is also home to the country's first presidential library built in honor of FDR.

    Photo courtesy of Doug Kerr

  • Mount Vernon Estate

    Mount Vernon, Virginia

    George Washington, our nation's first president, called Mount Vernon Home. The plantation-turned-museum features a working demonstration farm, reconstructed slave quarters and a fully functioning blacksmith shop. It's also the site of Washington's tomb.

    Photo courtesy of David Baron

  • Main gallery

    William J. Clinton Presidential Center and Park in Little Rock, Arkansas

    The William J. Clinton Presidential Center is one of the newer presidential libraries and includes 20,000 square feet of exhibit space dedicated to events in the US at the turn of the 21st century. Sit behind the President's desk in the full-scale replica of the Oval Office and learn about what day-to-day life in the White House is like.

    Photo courtesy of Stuseeger

  • Election mock-up

    John F. Kennedy Presidential Library & Museum in Boston, Massachusettes

    Located on Boston's waterfront, the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library & Museum chronicles the life and times of the infamous Kennedy clan, including the late President JFK. Permanent exhibits include a model briefing room, exhibits on the Kennedy family and Jackie O, a look at Kennedy's campaign trail and the Space Room, where you'll learn about NASA during the space race.

    Photo courtesy of Randy Robertson

  • Hermitage backyard

    The Hermitage in Nashville, Tennessee

    A visit to Andrew Jackson's home, known as the Hermitage, gives you a look at one of the best-preserved homes of our nation's early leaders. Costumed historical interpreters throughout the cotton plantation will be happy to tell you all about the Jackson family.

    Photo courtesy of Rennett Stowe

  • Exterior of the Lincoln Museum

    Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum in Springfield, Illinois

    The Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum in Springfield chronicles the history of Illinois and president who called it home. Kids will appreciate the hands-on Lincoln's Attic children's area, filled with historical dress-up clothes, a Lincoln Home dollhouse and a model kitchen.

    Photo courtesy of Winonave

  • Peacefield

    Peacefield in Quincy, Massachusettes

    Peacefield, sometimes called the Old House, was the home of John Adams, the second President of the United States. You'll get to see the birthplaces of John Adams and John Quincy Adams and tour the estate where four generations of Adams lived. Pay your respects to both men at their grave sites in the nearby United First Parish Church.

    Photo courtesy of Daderot