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In the first presidential library to be created, Harry S. Truman Presidential Library & Museum pays tribute to the 33rd president of the United States and showcases where he conducted his political affairs. With two floors of exhibits, you'll learn about his life through a catalog of letters, photographs, and audio-visual documents. Draw on Truman's memoirs and oral interviews, which mark him not just as the President but also as a person. Take a peek at his 1947 diary, or sort through his his speeches which include details on the use of the atomic bomb at Hiroshima, Japan. You can stand inside a room designed as a replica of the Oval Office as it appeared in 1950 and get the feeling of how Truman, with the help of his advisors, faced real-life historical decisions. For travelers who use our world travel planner, Independence holidays become easier to arrange, with trips to the Harry S. Truman Presidential Library & Museum and other attractions mapped out and timetabled.
Harry S. Truman Presidential Library & Museum reviews
A few years back, we discovered that we like to visit Presideniall sites, and this one was conveniently along the way during a longer trip. Definitely one of the best we've experienced. The staff...
A few years back, we discovered that we like to visit Presideniall sites, and this one was conveniently along the way during a longer trip. Definitely one of the best we've experienced. The staff... more »
Harry S. Truman just really does not interest me, so this Presidential Library didn't do much. However, the museum is very informative and put together quite well, so if Truman is your guy, you could.... more
Harry S. Truman just really does not interest me, so this Presidential Library didn't do much. However, the museum is very informative and put together quite well, so if Truman is your guy, you could.... more »
On my quest to visit all of the presidential libraries, I found the Harry S Truman Presidential Library to be, by far, the most engaging. Newly-reopened after an extensive update, visitors walk...
On my quest to visit all of the presidential libraries, I found the Harry S Truman Presidential Library to be, by far, the most engaging. Newly-reopened after an extensive update, visitors walk... more »
Beautiful place. Squeaky clean. Staff was super friendly. The souvenir store was great. Be aware - masks required, no food/drink. Military free! But price is about $15 and donations are accepted. Pass is for all day, so you can leave for lunch (we went to subway across the street) and come back. Lots to see!
I have visited several Presidential Library's & Museum's over the years and I would have to say, this one was the best so far! The design is easy to follow. The displays are very modern and interesting. I definitely learned more about Harry S. Truman and truly enjoyed the visit. As an added bonus, the staff were extremely accommodating the day of my visit. I would recommend checking in advance to see if a reservation is needed BEFORE you visit. Overall, I spent about 2 hours exploring and I took my time.
I came here a few years ago and it was okay, but not memorable. Since then they remodeled it and brought it into the 21st century. They did an amazing job! It is now video and multimedia driven with plenty of interactive opportunities. If you are a local and have been here before as I have, it’s worth going back. If you are passing through the area and looking for a great historical stop, this is a great choice. They really bring history alive. Regardless of your political persuasion, there are critical historical moments that still shape our world today. Allow for at least three to four hours.
Excellent museum. Great use of timeline to bring historical events to life. The fact that President Truman helped design, build, and then utilized this space for years showed in the layout and care of the exhibits. The only suggestion would be the incorporation of other historical artifacts rather than wall quotes.
A must see museum! I was surprised to learn that Truman himself came up with the idea and played a major role in building the museum. The museum does a great job depicting his life as a child, role during WWI and understanding multiple perspectives in employing the nuclear bomb on Japan during WWII. A surprising fact I learned about Truman was that he yearned to be back to his town of Independence. After his presidency he came back to the town he grew up in and lived out his life as a regular citizen. There are strories in town that validate his nature to walk around the town solo. Wow. The staff was very welcoming and knowledgeable. I felt comfortable asking questions I still had about Truman or understanding some policies enacted during his admistration. Gift shop was unfortunately closed during the time of my visit. It was explained to me as a result of COVID policy. Mask were required at the time of my visit.
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