The all new Theodore Roosevelt Inaugural Site has finally re-opened after extensive renovations to the Wilcox Mansion and construction of a new addition on the site of the original Wilcox Carriage House. The Site has essentially re-invented itself and now offers a visitor experience that is a far cry from the typical guided tour long associated with historic homes. To set the stage for the guided portion of the tour, visitors will be welcomed by the sights and sounds of Buffalo’s Pan-American Exposition. Using a compelling “storytelling” approach, a guide will then transport visitors back to the drama-filled days of September, 1901. Visitors will feel as though they are following in Theodore Roosevelt’s footsteps on the day that he became president. After a powerful multimedia “object theatre” experience, visitors finally “catch up” with Roosevelt in the library of the Wilcox home, where the guide’s interpretation is enhanced by a moving audio reenactment of the ceremony. Interactive exhibits on the second floor of the museum are designed not only to encourage a leisurely exploration of Roosevelt’s years as president, but also a thoughtful look at how the issues he faced continue to resonate in today’s world.
In addition to fresh, exciting state-of-the-art exhibits the Site offers universal access, air-conditioning and a slick new museum shop and visitor center. An eye-catching logo and new website are all part of the mix as one of Buffalo’s “best kept secrets” takes center stage. The time is right to take a walk in Theodore Roosevelt’s footsteps and relive these dramatic moments that changed history with a visit to the Theodore Roosevelt Inaugural Site! Open seven days a week, the museum is located at 641 Delaware Avenue in downtown Buffalo with plenty of free parking in the rear lot, entrance on Franklin Street. For further information please visit www.TRSite.org or call 884-0095.
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