We have visited six other presidential libraries over the past few years and feel that is very important to learn about the men who have served in the office of United States president. There’s something special about getting to know the person behind the office that you experience when you visit a presidential library. More than stacks of books and documents, a presidential library and museum is a chance to connect the dots of United States history.
This post includes affiliate links. Thanks to the Eisnehower Library & Museum for hosting our family on our recent trip. All opinions are my own.
Eisenhower Presidential Library & Museum
When we were planning our trip out west this summer, we knew that we wanted to visit the Eisenhower Presidential Library & Museum and were disappointed when we heard that the museum was under construction. However, we ended up getting far more than we anticipated when we were given a behind the scenes look at the massive renovations underway to prepare for the grand reopening this Fall.
Typically we experience presidential libraries when they are shiny and ready for the public. But this visit was different. This was a chance to see behind the exhibits and see first hand how the museum comes to life.
The directors of the museum took us through each of the exhibits and not only gave us background of the Eisenhower family but also shared the process of building the museum.
The Museum is divided into five major galleries consisting of an introductory gallery, a changing exhibits gallery, a First Lady’s gallery, a military gallery, and a presidential gallery.
While the museum is being renovated, you can view many exhibits in the Library building.
Dwight D. Eisnehower Notebook
Pick up the Dwight D Eisenhower Notebook at the front desk so you will be ready to follow each exhibit and discover the inside story.
Guided tours are available to tour Eisenhower’s Boyhood Home every 15 minutes starting at 9 AM. The Eisenhower’s lived in this house from 1898 until 1946. The house is located on the original site and contains original Eisenhower family furniture and items.
Dwight Eisenhower served as the 34th’ president from January 20, 1953 – January 20, 1961 and was an American army general and statesman. During World War II, he was a five-star general in the United States Army and served as supreme commander of the Allied Expeditionary Forces in Europe.
President Eisenhower is well known for his campaign slogan “We Like Ike” and the city of Abilene wears that slogan with pride! Everywhere you go in town, you will see signs, stickers and even storefronts that sport the “We Like Ike” button.
Stand Like Ike
Don’t forget to get your picture at the 11-foot bronze statue of General Eisenhower and share on social media using the hashtag #StandLikeIke and tag the Library on social media. @IkeLibrary @IkeLife
“The proudest thing I can claim is that I am from Abilene.”– Homecoming Speech, Abilene, Kansas, June 22, 1945
Place of Meditation
We always make sure to visit the final resting place of each of the Presidents when we visit the historical libraries and museums. President Eisenhower and first lady, Mamie Eisenhower as well as their first born son are all buried here at the Place of Meditation on the property.
Things to Know:
- Parking is free.
- Get tickets at the Visitor Center so you can tour Eisenhower’s Boyhood home located beside the Museum.
Find the Eisenhower Museum
200 SE Fourth Street
Abilene, KS 67410
Fun travel connection: If you are visiting Rapid City, South Dakota, you can get another photo in front of President Eisenhower at the City of Presidents.
Heritage Center of Dickinson County
Located right across the road from the Eisenhower Presidential Library & Museum is the Heritage Center of Dickinson County! Do not miss the opportunity to ride the 1901 CW Parker Carousel and explore the World of Telephony!
Looking for Lodging in Abilene?
I highly recommend the Holiday Inn Express & Suites right off the interstate. **Breakfast is included**
Have you visited any presidential libraries? Take a look at all 14 Presidential Libraries and Museums and start planning your next visit!