Accessibility

Bronze statue of Franklin Roosevelt in a wheelchair at the entrance of the FDR Memorial
A bronze statue of Franklin Roosevelt in a wheelchair greets visitors to the Franklin Delano Roosevelt Memorial

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Accessibility is a top priority for National Mall and Memorial Parks. Many of our facilities are historic and accessibility is not always ideal. However, we are always working to improve accessibility. We have established a parkwide Accessibility Coordinator. Your comments on accessibility areas for improvement are always appreciated. Please feel free to email us!

GPS Coordinates: 38.883625, -77.043868

Address:

400 West Basin Drive SW, Washington, D.C.

Nearest Intersection:

West Basin Drive SW & Ohio Drive. SW

Accessible Parking

Accessible parking spaces are available next to the Franklin Delano Roosevelt Memorial on West Basin Drive.


Wheelchairs

The entire memorial is wheelchair accessible. Wheelchairs are available upon request with a state issued identification card.

Accessible Restrooms

Accessible restrooms are located on both the north and south end of the memorial.

Tactile Experience

Many aspects of the memorial were designed to be touched. Sculptures are found throughout the Franklin Delano Roosevelt Memorial, including a life-size statue of Roosevelt in a wheelchair in the Prologue Room and life-size statues of a breadline and a man listening to a fireside chat in Room 2. There are also five bronze bas relief panels with individual sections representing Roosevelt’s 54 New Deal programs, and five bronze freestanding cylinders covered with the reverse of textural elements on the wall. There is a larger-than-life size statue of Roosevelt in a kitchen chair with casters and his beloved dog, Fala, in Room 3. In the Room 4, there is also a larger-than-life sculpture of Eleanor Roosevelt.

The artists used elements of Braille in several of the sculptures, but the size and spacing is inconsistent and was only meant to be an artistic representation. Behind the sculpture of Roosevelt in the wheelchair in the Prologue Room, the Braille characters mirror the quote above them from Eleanor Roosevelt: "Franklin's illness...gave him strength and courage he had not had before. He had to think out the fundamentals of living and learn the greatest of all lessons - infinite patience and never ending persistence."

The Braille in Room 2 on the bas relief panels are the different New Deal program acronyms, but larger than life and disjointed. Those that read Braille will find them difficult to decipher.

 

Braille Brochure

Braille brochures of the Franklin Delano Roosevelt Memorial are free of charge to on-site visitors. If possible, please feel free to email us or call 202-426-6841 to provide advance notice of your visit.

Audio Described Brochure

The UniDescription App audio describes many National Park Service official map and guide publications, including the Franklin Delano Roosevelt Memorial and other memorials on the National Mall (available for free on the App Store and Google Play).

Click here for an audio described version of the Franklin Delano Roosevelt Memorial brochure.

Audio Description of the Franklin Delano Roosevelt Memorial

Click here for a detailed description of the Franklin Delano Roosevelt Memorial.

Last updated: July 26, 2021

Contact the Park

Mailing Address:

900 Ohio Drive SW
Washington , DC 200024

Phone:

(202) 426-6841

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