Theodore Roosevelt Inaugural National Historic Site

The Theodore Roosevelt Inaugural National Historic Site in Buffalo, New York, stands on the site of President Roosevelt’s sudden inauguration. President Roosevelt’s inauguration occurred after the 1901 assassination of President William McKinley. During a period of national uncertainty and bereavement, the then-Vice President Roosevelt and the deceased President McKinley’s cabinet gathered in Buffalo to administer the oath of office to Roosevelt and to inaugurate him as the 26th president of the United States. The building where President Roosevelt’s inauguration took place still stands today and serves as a museum of Roosevelt, Buffalo, and the tumultuous period following McKinley’s assassination. 

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Things To Do Near Theodore Roosevelt Inaugural National Historic Site

This site preserves the history of 19th-century Buffalo and provides visitors with the grand story of President Roosevelt’s inauguration. The historical significance of this site is notable, and both the National Park Service and the Theodore Roosevelt Inaugural Site Foundation are dedicated to the restoration and preservation of the building where the inauguration took place. The Theodore Roosevelt Inaugural National Historic site features events, guest speakers, and in-depth tours to interested visitors. The surrounding community of Buffalo has its own historical significance and hosts numerous tourist attractions. 

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How To Get To Theodore Roosevelt Inaugural National Historic Site

From Syracuse, take Interstate 81 Northbound to Exit 25A, and merge onto Interstate 90 West toward Buffalo. Travel on Interstate 90 West until reaching Exit 51W for New York Route 33. Take Route 33 to Edward Street, and turn right. After 0.5 miles, make another right turn onto Franklin Street. Take this road for another 0.5 miles, and the historic site will be on the left. 

From Pittsburgh, take Interstate 79 northbound to Exit 178A for Interstate 90 East toward Buffalo. Take Interstate 90 to Exit 53 for Interstate 190 northbound toward Downtown Buffalo. Take Exit 6 off Interstate 190 for Elm Street. Follow Elm Street for approximately one mile before making a left turn onto Goodell Street. After 0.5 miles, take a right turn onto Franklin Street. After another 0.5 miles, the site will be on the left. 

The Theodore Roosevelt Inaugural National Historic Site is open from 10:30 a.m. until 3:30 p.m. Wednesday through Friday and from 11:30 a.m. until 3:30 p.m. on weekends. The site is closed Mondays and Tuesdays as well as on most major holidays. This site can become crowded, and parking can be limited. It is recommended that tickets be purchased in advance. This site is mostly indoors and can be enjoyed in any weather. 


641 Delaware Avenue, Buffalo, NY 14202

Fee: Entry fee (per adult) $12.0

Fee: Entry fee (per child ages 6-18, students, and veterans) $9.0

Children 5 and under receive free admission.

Fee: Entry fee (family unit; two adults and all children 18 and under) $30.0

The Theodore Roosevelt Inaugural National Historic Site gives visitors a rare glimpse into a trying period of American history. The site is preserved so that visitors understand the event's context, feel the uncertainty following the assassination of President McKinley, and learn more about the enormous gravity of the events that took place on the site. Reasonably priced and possessing enormous historical significance, this site is ideal for an RV traveler who wants to get the most out of a historical tour of the nation.