Harry S. Truman Library and Museum, Independence

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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  • spent a couple hours here on a Sat afternoon. They have done a nice job of presenting the presidency of Harry Truman. It is worth the time. Bet there is a lot your did not know know about the man from...  more »
  • I took my seven year old daughter to this, because she is currently obsessed with presidents, and most specifically our only local one. We have visited his home, so I thought it'd be nice to see somet...  more »
  • Very interesting enjoy the entire museum a lot enlightening on his life and time his time as US President as well as his life before and after recommend every one take the time to visit  more »
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  • My heart is always warmed by the presidential libraries and museums. The exhibits were well curated. You can see some age in important places, like by his statue and the courtyard, but they are renovating soon. I liked seeing Harry's office, don't miss that section across the courtyard.
  • We stopped mostly to see the exhibit on the White House renovations President Truman had done. It was a neat exhibit, but wish there had been more photographs or some film of the work. Still a worthwhile exhibit. The rest of the museum, detailing the President's life, was very informative. We didn't have enough time to also visit the grave sites of him and his family it the homes they lived in. Maybe we'll make another trip to see the rest of the grounds.
  • That Harry guy sure is popular around here and these parts but you know what after you're being in here I can tell you why he is a cool dude he was a great president the best president we've had since Benjamin Franklin just kidding we all know Benjamin wasn't no president but Harry was and he was a good guy tour guide knew his stuff and you could tell he was part of some historical society and thank goodness he was cuz he was knowledgeable like a walking Wikipedia
  • The exhibit about Harry renovating the white house is really interesting. Harry S Truman is fun to talk to and extremely entertaining. Loved him! This was my first time to a Presidential Library and I enjoyed it thoroughly!
  • At this winter vacation, My family stopped this museum to see about Truman. As a korean who is living at this country (columbus GA) I could learn more than I learned at our korean school. A conversation about atomic bomb is an interest thing which I didn't know until now. This museum provided me many different point of view. Also really I have to thank you to him and this country about ending WWII and Korean War. Without him, I believe that we korean are still living without freedom and with hungry. Also this museum explains about Douglas MacArthur who is another important person at our country. Thank you for all information and articles.
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