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Dwight D. Eisenhower Museum Opens After Extensive Renovations
Press Release · Monday, July 29, 2019

ABILENE, Kansas

The all-new 25,000 square feet of museum exhibit space at the Eisenhower Presidential Library and Museum is now open. The most recent innovations in technological components and interactives are guaranteed to engage audiences of all ages and learning styles.

"Our team is excited to share this updated story with our visitors. We are thrilled to feature the holdings of the collection, not only here in Abilene, but also from the National Archives holdings in Washington, DC. These resources allowed us to create a custom exhibit script using Ike and Mamie's own words and really connect with the visitor on a personal level," said Dawn Hammatt, director, Eisenhower Presidential Library and Museum. "The dedication ceremony is scheduled for Ike's birthday weekend on Saturday, October 12."

Two new interactive displays help bring Ike and Mamie to life. The first, “Becoming Ike and Mamie,” allows visitors to explore Eisenhower’s pre-WWII career assignments. Another interactive will help visitors understand the impacts of the Cold War during the Eisenhower Administration.

In addition to seeing historically-significant artifacts and hearing new stories from the archives, visitors will come away with a better understanding of Ike and Mamie's life story. Using newly digitized and never-before-seen footage from the National Archives, new mini-theaters offer visitors the opportunity to hear Ike’s words firsthand on a variety of events and issues from D-Day to world peace. Visitors will come to understand why President Eisenhower became known as the Champion of Peace.

The layered-learning approach throughout the exhibits gives all visitors the opportunity to make a personal connection during their visit. It’s time to come back to the Eisenhower Presidential Library and Museum in Abilene, Kansas. Come see Ike again for the first time.     

Visit us online at eisenhowerlibrary.gov for ticket pricing and to plan your visit today! The Eisenhower Presidential Library and Museum is located at 200 SE 4th Street, Abilene, KS 67410, and is open daily 8 a.m. to 5:45 p.m. in June and July and  from 9 a.m. to 4:45 p.m. August through May. All buildings on the 22-acre campus are fully handicapped accessible. For more information, call 785-263-6700 or 877-RING-IKE.The museum renovations are made possible in part by donations to the Dwight D. Eisenhower: A Legacy of Leadership Capital Campaign. For more information, please visit the Eisenhower Foundation at eisenhowerfoundation.net.

The Dwight D. Eisenhower Presidential Library and Museum is one of 14 Presidential Libraries operated by the National Archives and Records Administration. Presidential Libraries promote understanding of the presidency and the American experience. They preserve and provide access to historical materials, support research, and create interactive programs and exhibits that educate and inspire. Public programs and exhibits at the Eisenhower Library are made possible in part through the generous support of the Eisenhower Foundation. To learn more, visit eisenhowerlibrary.gov.

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