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Dwight D. Eisenhower Presidential Library, Museum, and Boyhood Home

200 Southeast Fourth Street
785-263-6700

Library History :
The basic function of the Library building is to provide a place for scholars to come to work in the rich historical materials housed there. Because of the necessity to provide a quiet atmosphere in which researchers, and staff can work, there is no general admittance to the research areas of the building.

Museum History :
Built by the Eisenhower Foundation, with funds raised through public gifts, the Eisenhower Museum is constructed of Kansas limestone. Originally dedicated on Veterans Day, 1954, the Museum was built to house the materials and objects related to Dwight D. Eisenhower's life. It contains over 30,000-square feet of gallery space, with exhibits showing not only the fine art objects collected by and given to Eisenhower but also the story of his carrers as military leader and President of the United States.

The Museum is divided into five major areas consisting of an introductory gallery, changing exhibits gallery, a First Lady's gallery, a military gallery, and a presidential gallery. Of special interest and importance is the changing exhibits gallery. A different exhibit is presented periodically so that repeat visitors can experience something new.



Reviews

William Woodard

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Tuesday, April 24, 2018
Excellent facility, interesting, well kept and managed. This was my first visit to a presidential library so I wasn't sure exactly what to expect - and it's likely they are all different. This location includes a visitor center and gift shop, museum, library, chapel and the boyhood home of President Eisenhower. All of the buildings/attractions are located on the 2+ acres of land where he grew up. The library is government managed but the rest of the facility is managed by the Eisenhower foundation and receives no government funding. Everything seems to be very well cared for and managed. The boyhood home was small and due to renovation work we were only able to tour the bottom floor. Our guide was excellent. Interesting and knowledgeable. Definitely worth the time. A short (maybe about 20 minutes) documentary film on Eisenhower's life is played at the visitor center/gift shop. The film was well done and a good length for visitors. The staff at the visitor center are friendly and helpful. President Eisenhower, his wife and one son who died in infancy are buried in the chapel. It is a small but beautiful place to spend a few minutes in quiet reflection. The museum was large and very well done. It is also in the process of some renovation but most is open. A lot of the space is, quite reasonably, dedicated to his war experience and to the second world war but it also presents many interesting details of his life and the times in which he lived. The library is primarily for the benefit of researchers but there are a few things for the general public to see and worth a walk through. There is a short film available in the library explaining just what they do. I spent about two hours total at the site which I would guess is about the minimum needed. Only about an hour of that was spent in the museum as I went through fairly quickly. Stopping to read everything available and watch all of the videos could easily add an hour and perhaps two to the visit. There is a charge for visiting the facility but it seemed quite reasonable. ($9 Senior, military, student; $12. adult; $3. children 5-15) Highly recommended.

Richard Hartman

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Thursday, June 21, 2018
Initial visit with brother-in-law, and our wives in June ‘82, returning with our family and his parents in ‘91. Unique and very peaceful (then), and certainly worth the visit, N. Park Service Tour of site included.

Andrew Chandler

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Wednesday, April 25, 2018
Grounds were well maintained. The museum did a wonderful job capturing the essence of Ike and his roots in Abilene. A few downsides: 1) I wish they'd have given access to the 2nd floor of the house, but I can understand the fire marshall having apprehensions. 2) I wish they'd focused more time on his time as president.

David Snethen

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Sunday, June 3, 2018
Very nice facility! They are rennovating the museum. I hope I get the chance to return when it is complete.

Ethel Mae

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Tuesday, May 22, 2018
Very beautifully built. Well kept and clean. Enjoyed my tour through this place!

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