Thing to Do

Tour Val-Kill Cottage

A living room with large desk near a fireplace.
Tommy's Room at Val-KIll.

NPS Photo.

Tour Schedule

Tour schedule changes seasonally. For the current tour schedule, visit the park's calendar page.

How to Obtain Tickets

Access to Val-Kill Cottage is by guided tour only. Tours are limited and fill up quickly. Advanced individual reservations are not available. Free tickets are issued on a first-come, first-served basis at the Stone Cottage Visitor Center. 

About the Tour

The tour presents three rooms on the first floor of the cottage. Park Rangers discuss the history of the building and the important people who gathered here for relaxation, family holidays, and discussions of urgent national and global importance. 

Preservation Restrictions and Conditions

  • Baby strollers, "Gerry" carriers, or infant carriers with handles are not permitted in FDR's home.
  • Backpacks and parcels (including purses, briefcases, diaper bags, camera bags) that exceed 11" x 15" in either dimension are not permitted in FDR;s home.
  • The public may not carry open containers of food or beverages in FDR's home. Water bottles are permitted, but must remain sealed and contained at all times while inside buildings with museum collections.
  • Photography is permitted inside Val-Kill Cottage, but we ask that you refrain from using your flash. Selfie Sticks and Tripods are not permitted on the public tour.
30 Minutes
Guided Tours
Only service animals are permitted inside Val-Kill Cottage and park facilities. Contact the park for more information on our service animal policy.
Entrance fees may apply, see Fees & Passes information.
Val-Kill Cottage
Reservations for individuals and families are not available for tours of Eleanor Roosevelt's home. Tickets are issued on a first-come, first-served basis at the Stone Cottage Visitor Center.

Reservations are required ONLY for commercial tour services (motor coaches) and any public group of 20 or more people. Commercial and group reservations can only be made through Visit Fees & Passes for more information. 
Accessibility Information
Val-Kill cottage is not accessible, but a ramp at one entrance provides ability for wheel chairs to enter and exit the building. Historic doorways are narrow, but navigable. The cottage does not have an elevator or lift to provide access to the second floor. 

Eleanor Roosevelt National Historic Site

Last updated: May 22, 2023