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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  • What a great experience and a walk through history and an easy stroll through museum with plenty of places to sit and rest  more »
  • The Presidential Museum & Library is not too be missed during a southern CA trip, regardless of the side of the aisle you are on. Reagan was a leader, unifier and got things done. I’ve been to 5...  more »
  • This was so much more than we expected!! It was an incredible experience--and how many people can say they've been on board the real Air Force 1?! We had no idea how large this presidential library...  more »
  • This place is awesome. What a wonderful time capsule awaits you inside. Situated on top of a mountain with 360° views of Simi Valley and all the surrounding rolling hills, the Reagan Library is a superb way to spend a day. The grounds are immaculate. The library architecture is modeled after his country ranch. With picnic grounds overlooking the valley, and highway 101 leading to Ventura County, you can relax while enjoying a hot meal cooked to order. Or if you prefer, you can grab a cold meal, with wine or beer, and dine in the breathtaking Air Force I Pavilion. The Library is FULL of items, such as the Presidential china sets, the motorcade, the actual 737 AF1 jetliner, and tons of artifacts from Reagan's life. Nancy gets her fair share of representation too. There are always major events going on such as book signings from famous people in politics, to historical exhibits from throughout the world, to formal dinner dances, and holiday parties. I HIGHLY recommend getting a membership as you will want to come back again and again.
  • Volunteers are SUPER friendly. Food is great (a bit pricey though). Gift shop is reasonably priced. This is a pretty good museum. They do a great job explaining Reagans life. The air force one exhibit is a must see.
  • Really cool place to get to know Ronald Reagan! The museum is beautiful, and there are plenty of staff around to answer questions and tell you interesting facts. I loved learning about his childhood, his relationship with his wife Nancy, her role as the First Lady, the secret service, and all the amazing things Reagan did for California. Usually I am bored at museums, but this one is excellent and kept me interested. They have put a lot of work into this place. It’s definitely worth visiting! What a wonderful and fun experience we had.
  • This was my first time to come to any US Presidential Library, and surely I wasn’t disappointed. This library is located about 1.5 hours from West LA, and got every information on Ronald Reagan and his wife, Nancy Reagan. The staffs were nice and courteous, and very informative. The stars of the collection are Air Force One and Marine One. Don’t miss the opportunity to see how the presidents travel in style.
  • We knew we weren't gonna make it by closing at 5 pm. We arrived and the parking lot was emptying. We started walking around and found our way to the gift shop and the site of Interment for both the President and Nancy. The view in the back is phenomenal of Simi Valley. One hour later we made our way down the canyon. Obviously it would have been nice to go in but we were pleasantly surprised at what we were able to see at no cost and no crowds.

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