Dwight D. Eisenhower Presidential Library & Museum, Abilene

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#1 of 62 in Museums in Kansas
Immerse yourself in the life and times of one of America's most memorable presidents at Dwight D. Eisenhower Presidential Library & 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 Presidential Library & Museum and a wealth of other attractions, well-known and undiscovered, using our Abilene day trip website .
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  • I had not been there to the museum in 30 years as a child. As an adult you understand the history that is captured here. They were the greatest generation and here is the 4 star general and President ...  more »
  • This is a wonderful place to visit. There is the boyhood home, museum and library. Many one of a kind items with particular military focus (for obvious reasons). If you are a WW1 and WWII historian, t...  more »
  • We have visited all but one of the presidential museums and this was far and away our least favorite. The age of the exhibits accounts for some of our disappointment -minimal technology utilized and t...  more »
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  • A spacious and beautiful campus includes his museum, library, childhood home and chapel (his and Mamie's final resting place.) I visited in July of 2017 and was vastly impressed with the museum, which serves as a detailed history of WWII as well as the life of our 34th President of the United States. Plans to renovate the museum were underway, so I'll be returning when that is completed. Enjoy the gift shop, the short video in an adjacent room, the wonderful staff, and the beautiful town of Abilene, Kansas. 5 out of 5. Strongly recommend.
  • Very nice and well-run. A lot of good information. Easily spent 5 hours and could have stayed longer but they closed. Such an interesting and inspiring man - Very relevant to our times. Ike: "Every gun that is made, every warship launched, every rocket fired signifies, in the final sense, a theft from those who hunger and are not fed, those who are cold and are not clothed. This world in arms is not spending money alone. It is spending the sweat of its laborers, the genius of its scientists, the hopes of its children. The cost of one modern heavy bomber is this: a modern brick school in more than 30 cities. It is two electric power plants, each serving a town of 60,000 population. It is two fine, fully equipped hospitals. It is some 50 miles of concrete highway. We pay for a single fighter plane with a half million bushels of wheat. We pay for a single destroyer with new homes that could have housed more than 8,000 people. This, I repeat, is the best way of life to be found on the road the world has been taking. This is not a way of life at all, in any true sense. Under the cloud of threatening war, it is humanity hanging from a cross of iron."
  • Named the "Best Kansas Attraction" by USA Today, the Eisenhower Presidential Library, Museum & Boyhood Home is a destination! Learn about Abilene's 5-star General and 34th President of the United States, Dwight D. Eisenhower. Don't miss the Chisholm Trail and the Cowtown that Raised a President" exhibit. The Place of Meditation is my favorite building on this 22-acre campus and no visit is complete without a selfie with the 11' bronze statue of Ike. Fun fact: the Eisenhower Presidential Library is one of 13 Presidential Libraries administered by the National Archives and Records Administration. The Eisenhower Presidential Library, Museum & Boyhood Home is also one of the 8 Wonders of Kansas.
  • We stopped here on our way home from Las Vegas, and we were so glad we did. The only improvement to the experience would have been able to stay a few hours longer. As a student of history I thought I knew a good deal of Ike's history, but I've been disabused of that notion by reading Eisenhower's biography by Carlo D'Este's "Eisenhower A Soldier's Life", that I purchased at the Museum Store. Including notes & references, it spans almost 850 pages, and is thoroughly detailed and entertaining. The site includes the Museum
  • The Eisenhower presidential library was our reason for visiting Abilene. It has an extensive campus, beautiful park with outdoor monuments and shaded picnic tables. The museum is ready for updates and they are raising the funds. The plans make me want to return. You definitely get a sense of the sacred at the chapel.

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