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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  • It was incredible to actually visit a Presidential Library. Beautiful and a great museum about his life.  more »
  • Good place to visit. Took about 3 hours. Easy walking and very interesting. Mostly inside. Lots of security  more »
  • We didn't go through the whole museum. We sat through a film while informative it had a lot of facts we already knew from the previous tour. I regret not seeing everything.  more »
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  • This is a big museum. If you have small kids, I'd recommend the home tour. It is a good place to read and reflect on our past. Truman and Bess are entombed in the courtyard. Plenty of parking and near McCoy park and Independence Square.
  • Extreme Makeover--the White House edition. Fascinating history. Truman was a great President.
  • Loved this place. Visited for Father's Day and the whole family loved it. Kansas City is fortunate to have this place.
  • Affordable admission price. Interesting exhibits. Tour is self-guided.
  • So very informative. The history behind and during President Truman's term of office is often overlooked. The decisions he had to make and the situations of the day were, ultimately, extremely important to today's events.

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