Ronald Reagan Presidential Library and Museum, Simi Valley

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Ronald Reagan Presidential Library and Museum 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. Arrange your visit to Ronald Reagan Presidential Library and Museum and discover more family-friendly attractions in Simi Valley using our Simi Valley trip planner.
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  • We'd rate this as one of the best museums we've ever been to...the level of interaction was high, it was well spaced out and not overly crowded. Bit of a detour from our planned drive but well worth i...  more »
  • The museum is in a beautiful setting. We took the audio tour, though you can easily do without it. There are many films & interactive exhibits. An enjoyable day!  more »
  • A wonderful place to visit , even just to see Airforce One . We were lucky that the Pompeii exhibition was also on when we went Only fault is the cafeteria closed early , such a shame , it's right und...  more »
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  • Wonderful exhibits;(although it certainly overly glorifies the Reagan administration) all exhibits were well displayed and placarded well. The best feature of the visit is definitely the older B707 Air Force One and older Marine One. That was a treat! The docents and staff were all incredibly helpful and friendly. The library is well maintained and all restrooms are very clean. The Reagan Cafe deserves a highlight. There are a good variety of choices and the prices are reasonable; but, the commendation goes to staff member, Eileen. Eileen is what is missing in today's customer service. As others just go through the motion of service, Eileen embraces it and goes beyond just making you feel like a customer. The welcoming smile and enjoyable banter doesn't take much effort or time but it sure makes an incredible impression. KUDOS to Eileen!
  • It's situated on top of a hill in Simi Valley that provides panoramic vistas of the surrounding countryside. The displays are educational and there something to learn for kids and adults alike. They also have various rotating exhibits (most of which charge a fee) but the one around Christmas time is certainly a delight for the kids. Besides the displays and exhibits, the whole venue is relaxing and beautiful- it's a welcome break from the hustle and bustle of the city. If you live in the area it's welll worth getting a membership (plus it's tax deductible). The entire staff there is especially friendly and helpful. We love this place.
  • Outside of Washington, DC, it is one of the most memorable historic places my family and I have visited. Plan to stay the greater part of a day because it will easily take one full day to view all the exhibits. The library has so much to offer all age groups - and is a very exquisite walk back in time for parents. All of the employees are fantastic and the cafeteria does not take advantage of the sole place for food. It definitely is not a "tourist trap" like other tourist areas, and the gift shop was fantastic and interesting items for yourself and others. The surrounding area the library is located is incredibly scenic, and stopping at the library is just a fantastic way to enjoy this area of California. The huge wing that holds the presidential plane (Air Force One), a presidential motorcade and the presidential helicopter are fascinating. Like the Reagans, everything is in great taste. Will do positively do again!
  • My first time visiting The Ronald Reagan Presidential Library.... at this very special day, 4th of July!!! There are arts & crafts, activities, games and live bands performing. All these are FREE!!! However, if you are visiting the museum too, you have to pay the admission fee. Everything in the museum is very informative and educational. The museum is well maintained. Definitely a great place for family outing. There are picnic tables outside the museum. My favorite part will definitely be seeing Air Force One in person!! It is amazing to witness part of the history. Parking: FREE!
  • Pretty grand place. They have the old Air Force One in the building and you can go in inside to get a closer look. Nice scenery and great presentation of Reagan's works, accomplishments and achievements .
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