Press Admission Requests
All Press Admission Requests must go through Dutchess County Tourism.
For 2019 there will be no fee to visit Val-Kill.
Visitor information is available in the Visitor Center located on the grounds of Val-Kill.
Grounds are free and open everyday from sunrise to sunset.
Your visit to Val-Kill includes a 45 minute guided tour of Val-Kill cottage, a twelve minute orientation film on Eleanor Roosevelt called, "Close to Home," and exhibits.
Things to consider on Fee Free Days:
* We see an increase in the number of visitors to our sites.
* The FDR Presidential Library/Museum is NOT managed by the National Park Service and is not free on these days. The Library/Museum is $10 per person, $6 for anyone 62 and over.
*Access inside the FDR Home and Val-Kill Cottage will be self-guided, on a first come, first serve basis. See information below for free ticket information.
*Advanced Reservations cannot be made.
*Expect waiting times to be 1 hour or more to get into the Home of FDR, Val-Kill Cottage.
*At the Home of FDR you will need to pick up your free ticket (s) and or purchase your ticket (s) for the FDR Library/Museum at the Visitor Center. Timed (FREE) tickets will be issued for each person for a specific time to enter the Home. Access is limited to 50 people at a time. Please arrive before 11:00 am to avoid long waiting times or not having access to the FDR Home at all.
* At the Eleanor Roosevelt National Historic Site you will need to pick up your free ticket (s) at the Visitor Center at Val-Kill. Timed (FREE) tickets will be issued to each person for a specific time to visit the Val-Kill Cottage. Access to Val-Kill is limited to 15 people at a time.
The Interagency Annual, Annual 4th Grade, Senior, Access, and Active Duty Military Passes are sold and honored for free admission at all the National Park Service sites in Hyde Park.
Free Annual Military Pass (Active Duty)
For information about the Senior Pass changes
Last updated: April 16, 2019