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The Ronald Reagan Presidential Library and Museum

The Ronald Reagan Presidential Library and Museum

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About an hour outside of Los Angeles in Simi Valley, CA you find the The Ronald Reagan Presidential Library and Museum.  No matter what your political persuasion the library is filled with memorabilia that will accommodate your interests. This is a national treasure not to be missed, and the panorama is fabulous as well.

 

Entrance to the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library and Museum
Entrance to the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library and Museum

 

The Museum’s location is fantastic atop a hill with magnificent views in all directions.  The approach creates a sense of the grandeur of history as you pass a series of banners of all the Presidents. Upon entering the Library, you are welcomed by a statue of Ronald and Nancy Reagan.

 

Ronald Reagan Presidential Library and Museum Entrance
Ronald Reagan Presidential Library and Museum Entrance
Statue of Ronald and Nancy Reagan, Ronald Reagan Presidential Library and Museum
Statue of Ronald and Nancy Reagan, Ronald Reagan Presidential Library and Museum

 

On the opposite side of the admissions area is the President’s final resting place which peacefully overlooks stunning mountains and the Pacific Ocean in the distance.

 

Ronald Reagan Final Resting Place, Ronald Reagan Presidential Library and Museum
Ronald Reagan Final Resting Place, Ronald Reagan Presidential Library and Museum
Ronald Reagan Presidential Library and Museum
Ronald Reagan Presidential Library and Museum
Ronald Reagan Presidential Library and Museum mountain views
Ronald Reagan Presidential Library and Museum mountain views

 

The museum takes visitors through the Reagan life story in some detail. It features his role in changing the US political agenda, his recovery from the assassination attempt, his role in international relations, and his relationship with Nancy.  In contrast, the museum is somewhat quiet about his cabinet (they are not even captioned in the photos), his children who are pictured only in the context of mourning Reagan after his death, and his other close political collaborators.

 

 

 Ronald Reagan Presidential Library and Museum
Ronald Reagan Presidential Library and Museum

 

The Ronald Reagan Presidential Library and Museum has everything from the Air Force One/Marine One Exhibit and campaign memorabilia, to an identical replica of Reagan’s oval office, personal family exhibits, and historical displays. I was especially moved by the touching display of letters and telegrams to Mrs. Reagan over their many years together.  They also have a piece of the North Tower from the World Trade Center damaged by 9/11, as well as a piece of the Berlin Wall displayed.  We enjoyed the murals and wall-sized pictures throughout the museum which recreated both Reagan’s life and the history of the 1980s.

 

Identical Replica of Reagan's Oral Office, Ronald Reagan Presidential Library
Identical Replica of Reagan’s Oral Office, Ronald Reagan Presidential Library
Identical Replica of Reagan's Oral Office, Ronald Reagan Presidential Library
Identical Replica of Reagan’s Oral Office, Ronald Reagan Presidential Library
Air Force One, Ronald Reagan Presidential Library
Air Force One, Ronald Reagan Presidential Library
Air Force One, Ronald Reagan Presidential Library
Air Force One, Ronald Reagan Presidential Library
Marine One Exhibit, Ronald Reagan Presidential Library and Museum
Marine One Exhibit, Ronald Reagan Presidential Library and Museum
Piece of the North Tower from the World Trade Center damaged by 9/11, Ronald Reagan Presidential Library
Piece of the North Tower from the World Trade Center damaged by 9/11
A piece of the Berlin Wall displayed at Ronald Reagan Presidential Library
A piece of the Berlin Wall displayed at Ronald Reagan Presidential Library

 

The museum open daily from 10 a.m – 5 p.m. seven days a week, except New Year’s Day, Thanksgiving Day and Christmas Day.   Admission Fees are Adults $16, Seniors $13, Kids 11-17  $9, Children 5-10 $6.  Children 4 and under are free.

If you’re in the area and have a few hours, it’s definitely worth the visit.  You are allowed to take pictures but no flash photography is permitted.   No pictures are allowed inside of Air Force One.

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Carmen Edelson is the Founder of Carmen's Luxury Travel. Carmen has been traveling the world for over a decade. Our travels allows her the opportunity to pursuit her itch to travel to the best luxury destinations, and experience those first class tastes from around the world.

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