Harry S. Truman Library and Museum, Independence

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In the first presidential library to be created, Harry S. Truman 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 Library and Museum and other attractions mapped out and timetabled.
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  • Harry Truman stepped up and finished WWII and used his humble beginnings as his foundation for leadership. He had an inspiring love story with his Bess. Visit their home just as they left it. Simple....  more »
  • Rather your a history buff or not..you will enjoy your walk in this museum inside and out. While here, be sure to visit the other Harry S. Truman landmarks. Seems like Preident Truman was a beloved....  more »
  • I have gone here as a college student years ago, then last year as a teacher with a group of students, and look forward to taking my nieces and nephews here as well this fall. It does change its...  more »
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  • Truman Library Closing For A Yearlong, $25 Million Expansion And Renovation. The Harry S. Truman Library and Museum in Independence will shut its doors on July 23, 2019 and remain closed for approximately one year while it undergoes a multimillion-dollar expansion and renovation. Its last day open to the public will be Monday, July 22.
  • Gave me a thorough and overwhelmingly favorable picture of the president but left room to raise questions and wonder about some aspects of his life and some of his presidential decisions. Perhaps particularly enjoyable if you grew up closer to that time or have a particular interest in history, the question of the use of the atomic bomb, social welfare programs, and popular culture especially during the early 1950s.
  • This is a tribute to a great man who worked hard, believed in America and freedom for all, under a democracy. Equal rights, pick your self up and serve others, humility, convictions, and an unending faith in his mission and position in life. Reluctant to become our 33 President, he and his family listened, heard, saw, felt, and answered. Truly Lives Worth Living. Living with a human Heart. Salute, and thank you the key keepers for continuing to honor the lives worth studying and learning from. Thank you all who have come before and watch(ed) over Independence, Missouri & Jackson County, Missouri, the Proud Home Of Harry S Truman. There is no where like it in the World.
  • An amazing depiction of the life and times of Harry S Truman! What a leader! NOTE: The museum displays are closed for renovation from July 2019 for about a year, but the research room is still open.
  • One of the diamonds in the area of Independence. I haven't been disappointed with any presidential library I have visited, but this being my first, it has a special place. Even with nostalgia possibly clouding my judgment, I would still recommend this place to visit. It is quite fascinating.

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