Hayes Presidential Library & Museums

Visit the home and presidential library of the 19th president of the United States, Rutherford B. Hayes

Hayes Presidential Library & Museums

Spiegel Grove - home of Rutherford B. Hayes, Fremont, OH, USA
*Unless otherwise noted, admission is good for two consecutive days to the Hayes Home and museum.

2022 Visitation Hours (Beginning April 4th)

Monday, Tuesday, Thursday - Saturday: 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Sunday: 12 p.m. - 5 p.m.
Hayes Presidential will reopen on Wednesdays in June, July, and August 2022.
Hayes Home tours take place every hour beginning at 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. Tours are approximately 45 minutes. The last tour of the home is at 4 p.m.

Please note: Hours can change. Before visiting, please check for the most up-to-date information or to purchase tickets at www.rbhayes.org.

All facilities will be closed on Easter, Thanksgiving, Christmas Day, and New Year's Day. Open Presidents Day 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. Additional closings may occur when holidays fall on weekends or due to weather emergencies. Group tours must be scheduled two weeks in advance.

Handicapped Accessibility
Ohio History Connection strives to meet ADA requirements. However, historic structures and outdoor areas provide challenges that make it difficult to provide complete access to all visitors. Please call the site with specific questions and concerns.
Adult - $20.00 Adult museum-only admission good for one day - $13.00 Seniors age 65+, AAA Members & Military Members - $18.00 Teens age 13-18 - $10.00 Kids age 6-12 - $5.00 Kids age 0-5, Ohio History Connection members, Hayes Presidential Library & Museums members - $0.00 Adult groups of 15+ (must schedule two weeks in advance.) - Please call for rates School groups & Ground tours Non-Member - $10.00 School groups & Ground tours Member - $8.00 Backstairs Tours focusing on Hayes Home servants Member - $8.00 Backstairs Tours focusing on Hayes Home servants non-member and must be purchased in addition to a site pass - $10.00

If you are vaccinated, face-coverings are not required.  If you are not vaccinated, please wear a face covering.  Masks are not required outdoors.

Visit

Site of the nation’s first presidential library, Rutherford B. Hayes Presidential Library & Museums in Fremont, Ohio, also includes our 19th president’s 31-room mansion, a two-story museum and the site where President Hayes and first lady Lucy Webb Hayes are buried. All are located within steps of each other on Hayes’ beloved estate, Spiegel Grove.

Tour the Victorian-era Hayes home, a National Historic Landmark restored to its appearance during the president’s lifetime. In the nearby Hayes Museum, explore exhibits featuring artifacts from the president’s life and administration, the Civil War and all presidents of the United States, plus a magnificent weapons collection. Average visit time: Allow 2+ hours

History

The museum of the Rutherford B. Hayes Presidential Library & Museums was started by the president’s second son, Col. Webb Cook Hayes, and his siblings shortly after the turn of the 20th century. Col. Hayes and his siblings deeded the president’s estate, Spiegel Grove, and all its holdings to the State of Ohio. Ground was broken in 1912 for the building, and the first presidential library/museum in the United States opened on May 30, 1916.

Major additions in 1922 and 1968 brought the building to its present configuration of exhibit galleries (two floors), research library (one floor), and storage areas (four floors) comprising 52,640 square feet. In keeping with our mission, the museum uses its resources, including 19,000 artifacts—1,785 of them on permanent display—to illustrate the life and times of Rutherford B. Hayes, his family and Ohio history. Learn more here.

Rutherford B. Hayes Presidential Library & Museums is managed locally by Hayes Presidential Center, Inc.

  • Audiences: K-5th Grade Students, 6-8th Grade Students, 9-12th Grade Students, Higher Education Students, Educators, Families, Government, Specialists, Tourists, Community Groups, History Enthusiasts & Sports Fans
  • Historical Topics: Historic Preservation & Presidents & Politics
  • Regions: Northwest Ohio
  • Site Activities: Self-Guided & Guided Tours
  • Museum & Site Type: Ohio History Connection Site