Dwight D. Eisenhower Library and Museum, Abilene

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Immerse yourself in the life and times of one of America's most memorable presidents at Dwight D. Eisenhower Library and Museum. Learn all about Eisenhower's varied life, from his strict religious upbringing to his leadership of the War Plans Division in World War II and subsequent two-term presidency. Featuring Eisenhower's boyhood home, this complex gives you a real sense not only of this leader's origins, but of life more generally in early-20th century Kansas. Those with kids should bear in mind there is a dearth of interactive activities and any trip here will involve lots of reading. Make sure to pay your respects in the meditation garden, the final resting place of Eisenhower, his wife, and their infant child. Plan your visit to Dwight D. Eisenhower Library and Museum and a wealth of other attractions, well-known and undiscovered, using our Abilene day trip website.
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  • We were disappointed to find entire complex closed due to Covid. We did get to walk around the grounds and take photos. Being an Army brat, I always had the utmost respect for President Eisenhower,  more »
  • Fabulous, educational trip back to pre-WW2 days of a humble man born on the 'wrong side of the tracks' .. .. I've fooled myself into believing I'm a history nerd and yet I was amazed at his life...  more »
  • Dwight D. Eisenhower is one of the greatest leaders in American history. I had read the biography "Soldier of Democracy" (great book!) and I always wanted to visit Abilene. Welcome center staff very friendly. The tour of the home was informative and very interesting with all of the original items. You really got an appreciation of his childhood. The grounds are incredibly spacious, so we enjoyed walking them and visiting the chapel with his grave, and walking to the museum. The museum is well-done and offered detailed insight into his life and the correlated time period in history. We only had 90 minutes, but I could have spent a half day here easily. I left with a deeper appreciation of one our finest leaders. Highly recommend and worth the detour from I-70.
  • I am disappointed in the newly renovated museum. It is more like a story board with a few artifacts sprinkled in, than a museum of the history of a great president, Dwight David Eisenhower, and his wonderful wife Mamie. Mostly murals, and short movies, the miniatures were cheap looking, there are some great antique stores around with authentic toy tanks, cars, trucks, etc from the time period, no need to go so cheap. Prior to renovation there were 2 levels with an overlook to a WWII tank and a large window looking out to the trees. There was also a room dedicated to Mamie with more clothes and artifacts. These were fantastic visuals and fun. The only positive was the circular world map which lit to highlight the time table of the war around the world. ☹️ I hope they don't renovate his boyhood home.

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