Rutherford B. Hayes Presidential Library & Museums

Spiegel Grove, Fremont, OH 43420 - United States





Smithsonian Affiliate Museum

Receive free admission to the Hayes Home and museum!

The Rutherford B. Hayes Presidential Library & Museums houses 19th U.S. President Rutherford B. Hayes’ Victorian mansion, two-floor museum, presidential library, president’s tomb and a mile of paved walking trails through his 25-acre wooded estate, known as Spiegel Grove, which is an official arboretum.

The Rutherford B. Hayes Presidential Library & Museums is America’s first presidential library and the forerunner for the federal presidential library system.


Tour the historic Hayes Home, which contains nearly all-original artifacts, see the museum that shares the story of President Rutherford and First Lady Lucy Hayes, enjoy special exhibits and more at the Hayes Presidential Library & Museums.

Special exhibit "Ohio: An Unnatural History" will be on display. Learn the stories of mythical creatures and legends from Ohio, including Dogman of Defiance, South Bay Bessie and Grassman, also known as Bigfoot.

Permanent museum 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. Hear 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.

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