Harry S. Truman Presidential Library and Museum, Independence

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In the first presidential library to be created, Harry S. Truman Presidential Library and 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 and Museum and other attractions mapped out and timetabled.
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  • Three years in the waiting the newly remodeled Truman Presidential Library did not disappoint. Just recently opened full time after Covid delay. Great part of Missouri history of our home grown... 
    Three years in the waiting the newly remodeled Truman Presidential Library did not disappoint. Just recently opened full time after Covid delay. Great part of Missouri history of our home grown...  more »
  • Wonderful museum - something for everyone. Well done, inclusive, nice mix between short video and printed materials and displays. Learned a lot, too. 
    Wonderful museum - something for everyone. Well done, inclusive, nice mix between short video and printed materials and displays. Learned a lot, too.  more »
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  • 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.
  • 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.

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