Dwight D. Eisenhower Presidential Library & Museum, Abilene
(4.5/5 based on 480+ reviews on the web)
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. For Dwight D. Eisenhower Presidential Library & Museum and beyond, use our Abilene trip builder to get the most from your Abilene vacation.
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  • This is a very well-done complex that has a museum, chapel and a restored residence. We went after lunch and spent over three hours there without even trying to and missed the tour of the residence. T...  more »
  • Well worth the stop. Very pretty grounds. Short tour of boyhood home available. The welcoming center was not welcoming at all and I was very put off by the rudeness and indifference of the staff. A po...  more »
  • Must see! The Library is "heavy" on WWII events and memorabilia. There's no Oval Office replica as seen in other Presidential Museums, but there are several gowns and jewelry worn by the Mrs. The chap...  more »
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  • Boyhood home was a short but interesting tour. Make sure to catch the 20 minute video in the visitor center. It gives us under 60 folks a good recap of some of Ike's contributions. The museum in interesting, especially if you are WWII history buff. The entrance to the museum appears to change every so often, which keeps it fresh to visitors. Enjoyable museum and a nice small town.
  • Wonderful place to visit. Not far off from interstate. Start off with the movie located at gift shop. Graves are located in chapel. Beautiful but modest. We didn't have time to visit the museum or home. Park closes at 4:45. Staff stated museum alone would take over an hour. I learned a lot from our short visit.
  • Sad Day! PROFILING by Barney Fife security guard, with blessing of his supervisor. The low end guard wanted my children's birth certificates! The supervisor told me that they do this to catch people. Going fishing just a numbers game is how I sum it up. He said not everyone can have a good time at the museum. We were doing great, until this predatory harassment by Buford T. Justice type of retired cop security guard. Now I am not stating my race or anything else, because you may think differently. No one should just be singled out like this. JUST know that this is a common practice at this location. I will say that this happened after the what appeared to be the man in charge of the visitor center, came out to express his political views. He assumed that I was in agreement with him, after he sized me up. He stated his opening conversation remark as, "We know who the HATERS are, don't we!" I asked who that would be. He stated that; "Anyone that votes for Trump!" The conversation was short lived after that. President Eisenhower is stated to have had different views. That is another topic for another time. Could this have been the reason for the shake down? I was given 3 different stories. I was giving a history lesson to my children on General Eisenhower, as we walked the grounds. They were looking forward to returning the next day. We didn't, because of the actions of this guard. I'll admit that my car is worth almost 40 grand. I waited a long time to get it. Point is that they ran the plate as well. The value of the car does not fit their profile. The same guard had stated that, " I had a funny view on racism." I had said in response to an earlier question during a conversation with an employee; that racism has no place in today's society; it never should have and should never have a place in the future. That's a funny view???!!! Another item of concern is when the local city officer stated that this security guard was a Federal Police Officer; and the security guard confirmed this. At first it eased my mind, but I quickly realized that his uniform was unlike any F.P.O. that I have ever seen. I told him that we were done. He said that these officers could work on me down at the station. I asked the officer if we were done, and he said yes. The security guard disappeared quickly. What was this security guard's angle? I won't speculate at this point here. They are Federal employees and not currently police officers wearing security guards uniforms. I got confirmation of this from multiple official sources. President / General Eisenhower leadership protected our freedoms from the NAZI's, and gave us our interstate highway system. He exemplifies what our country can be; and that 1 person can make a large difference. I am truly disappointed about the approach that the people in charge there, have taken. I only wrote this to warn others. Possibly someone can change it.
  • I absolutely loved it. The 24 minute move was an excellent review of his life. The burial site (they call it meditation area) is fitting of his character. Simple and elegant, yet slightly understated considering his incredible legacy. The museum was excellent, starting with plenty of artifacts covering World War II from multiple angles. It has a section for his military career as well as his political and personal life. I was in complete awe of the collection of his foreign medals. I hope you, too, will be wowed by the love he received from the nations of this world. The grounds are well maintained. Now, my favorite; his boyhood home. It is small, so don't expect much in that regard, but the guide was very knowledgeable and told excellent stories and brought real humanity to the house. It still feels like an old farm town home. I expect a trip in time when I go to sites like this and without the 88 miles an hour and 1.21 gigawatts, I was there.
  • Learned a lot more about this president here than at school. Interesting library.