Ronald Reagan Presidential Library, Simi Valley
Categories: Specialty Museums, Libraries, Traveler Resources, Museums
Ronald Reagan Presidential Library holds 60 million pages of documents, 1.6 million photographs, over 150 km (95 mi) of motion picture film, a piece of the Berlin wall, and a presidential airplane. Read, watch, or listen about Reagan's life and work. Walk onboard a Boeing 707 used as Air Force One and see his 1965 Ford Mustang. Take a peek into the replica of the presidential Oval Office, and note how the president Reagan had his desk altered to prevent the drawers from hitting his long legs. If you feel overwhelmed by the 22,600 sq m (243,000 sq ft) of space, take a guided tour. A cafe, a pub, and a store are on site. If you wish, you can have your own ocean-view picnic at the visitors' park. To visit Ronald Reagan Presidential Library and other attractions in Simi Valley, use our Simi Valley vacation trip planner.
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This place is a must see. I wasn't keen on wasting my day there but boy am I glad we did. It is so amazing. The history of his life is so interesting, and every exhibit was enjoyable. We went on Air f... read more »
We travel all over the U.S. and have been to most of the Presidential Libraries and this one is by far the most impressive and so beautiful. If you're in the area, this is worth the stop. Seeing and g... read more »
Been many times as we live near but it is a great Presidential library with many special exhibits rolling through, lectures from prominent republicans and writers, and special events. The library is i... read more »
A very thorough recount of history, with so many turning points showcased by the vast exhibits, Impressive what took place in just the first 100 days of his presidency. There is a re-created oval office, Air Force One (and various motorcades) which was a lot of fun, but perhaps one of the most sobering installments was a single piece of the Berlin wall, juxtaposed against a background of open range, as one of the crowning social achievements of our time.
We planned on spending half a day but ending up spending the whole day because it was so interesting. We kind of rushed through the last part of the museum to use the last 30 minutes before closing to briefly skim through the temporary Vatican exhibit. Reagan lived a very interesting and honest life. Everyone should definitely see this museum to see how a great man got this country out of a ten year stagflation by getting rid of the things that our current politicians are doing again to turn us into a nanny state. "Freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction." -Ronald Reagan
Excellent! The museum was easy to navigate, and we had a great time exploring the life of a great president. The scenery outside was also wonderful. Expect to spend 4-5 hours for an entire experience.
Beautiful painted murals of former First Lady Nancy Reagan adorn the entrance. This was another reason why I wanted to come to the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library and Museum. I wanted to pay my respects to this lovely lady who passed away earlier this year. I remember when I was in grade school, Ronald Reagan was president and presented a few of us with the Presidential Academic Fitness Award. I still have the embossed certificate and lapel pin to this day. The museum is set up in chronological order from when Ronald Reagan was born, his acting career, his years as governor, assassination attempt, a recreation of The Oval Office as it was when President Reagan was in office, and at the half way mark is the Air Force One Pavilion. In the Air Force One Pavilion, the Air Force One 27000 was used by seven presidents: Nixon, Ford, Carter, Reagan, G.H.W. Bush, Clinton, and G.W. Bush. The plane was decommissioned on September 8, 2001. It was disassembled over a nine-week period by The Boeing Company into sections: fuselage, tail and stabilizers, engines, main landing gear, and wings. After construction of the pavilion and reassembling of 27000, Air Force One Pavilion opened to the public on October 24, 2005. In the pavilion, you can see the plane in its grandeur like it just came off the showroom floor. The front of the pavilion is floor to ceiling glass (3 stories high) with sweeping views of the Conejo Valley. On the plane, you will see how President Reagan had it with the creature comforts of home. One thing that President Reagan was known for was his love Jelly Belly Jelly Beans. There were glass canisters of them on almost every table. But what you probably don't know is that he always had a cake on board to celebrate birthdays and special occasions of his crew and staff. As you take the elevator down a level, you can view the Air Force One underbelly and get an actual concept of how big this plane really is. As you make your way out of the Air Force One Pavilion, the rest of President Reagan's life continues from politics in America, summits, and Camp David during his presidency. Post-presidential life continues through his passing on June 5, 2004. The emotions are very strong in the Mourning Ronald Reagan room. There is a picture of Nancy with her son, Ron, and her daughter, Patti, at President Reagan's funeral that capture the emotional pain and I couldn't help but cry. The tour ends at the Museum Store where you can select the perfect memento to remember your experience. They even have a variety of Jelly Belly Jelly Beans for purchase as well. I took a stroll outside to the Ruwe Terrace and see beautiful views of Conejo Valley and Simi Valley. There is a piece of the Berlin Wall on display. The Memorial Site is where President Ronald Wilson Reagan and former First Lady Nancy David Reagan lay to rest. They had a magical love story of fairy tales. It was just amazing to see their love throughout the museum. I am so honored to have been here to give them a moment of thanks for all of the great memories and great things that they did for the citizens of the United States of America.
Great experience walking through the Library. The place has plenty of photos, document, films, and artifacts that show a timeline of President Reagan's life and accomplishments. The Library features great views of the surrounding landscape, the real Air Force One that Reagan and several other presidents flew in, he and Nancy's graves, and even a piece of the Berlin Wall. I highly recommend people go to this place.
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