Eisenhower Presidential
Library and Museum

The Eisenhower Presidential Center includes the Eisenhower presidential library, President Dwight David Eisenhower's boyhood home, Museum, and gravesite. The center is located in Abilene, Kansas.


Brief Description of the Complex
From the Kansas Travel Web Site
The Eisenhower complex was started in 1962. It includes a Visitor Center, Dwight D. Eisenhower’s boyhood home, the Place of Meditation, the Eisenhower Presidential Library and Museum, in a park-like setting. Allow about 2 hours if you wish to see it all.

Everything is free, except the museum, which I think is a bit over priced at $7. At least that was the price in 2005. All that the official website will tell you is that there is a small fee. Interesting parts of the museum are the war gallery, a section about Mamie's "style," and a section on Ike’s election and presidential years. When last visited, the rotating exhibits gallery had an exhibit of Ike’s paintings.

The Eisenhower Library includes 480 manuscript collections; over 300,000 still photographs; thousands of hours of motion picture film, audio tapes and discs; oral history transcripts; 25,000 books and many other objects. But, you can't see the collections. The library has just one gallery open to the public. The library is free and open from 9 AM - 4:45 PM, 362 days a year as of this posting. The hours are extended in the summer. Call to confirm at (785) 263-6700.

The Place of Meditation is a combination chapel and Mamie and Ike’s tomb.

Visit the Presidential Center Web site.

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