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“You Will Need to Allow Several Hours to Visit”

Dwight D. Eisenhower Library and Museum
Ranked #2 of 9 things to do in Abilene
Certificate of Excellence
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Reviewed 23 March 2018

Like other reviewers wrote, I took more hours (five) than I had expected. The first section was on the City of Abilene History during the early frontier days with information about the early lawmen and outlaws and other people. The section on WWII was quite large because of Ike's important role. And then the Presidential Section was large trying to cover Ike's eight years in office.

Presidential Museums remind a visitor on the many things a President is involved with.

1  Thank John C
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Reviewed 20 March 2018

We spent over four hours visiting and I still completely missed one of the buildings! I could easily have spent the entire day here. Also, I’d have found it helpful to know that the introductory movie at the Visitor Center starts on the hour and half hour. We had just missed the start by a few minutes so had to wait for the next one.

When we paid, I was given tickets to the next available tour of Ike's boyhood home. We sat on the benches outside and were called in to tour the first floor. It’s amazing that so many people lived in the house! The docent was knowledable and we enjoyed her pointing out things like the homemade quilts. It’s impressive that the brothers were all so accomplished in their lives!

We left the tour to head back to the Visitor Center to see the next movie which gave a great overview of Eisenhower’s life. It was done well.

Our next stop was the Museum. I was excited to see there was a temporary exhibit on the Chisholm Trail. It was really interesting but wordy. I spent a half hour there and still had more to read so I took photos of the scripts to read at home. It was all very informative, especially about the Texas Longhorns.

I found all the exhibits in the museum to be informative and well thought out. I enjoyed seeing the section on Mrs Eisenhower including her clothing! But I loved the section on Ike’s military career and learned a lot about him there, much more so than by reading a book. His responsibility for the DDay invasion was staggering. The exhibits on the hardscape built for the invasion was wonderful. I’d not been able to envision it without seeing the models.

I was stunned to see the cases of medals he had been given after the war ended. He was truly an accomplished man, including serving as President of Columbia University. His Presidency section was also interesting. I’d not realized he was responsible for the Interstate Highway System, NASA, and Civil Rights Acts. I was surprised he preferred being addressed as General versus President. We’d also noted that on General Andrew Jackson's gravestone.

My last stop was the Place of Meditation where he, Mamie, and their son are buried. It’s a beautiful, contemplative space with the stained glass and the small fountain.

There was an exhibit in the Library on WWI but it was five minutes from closing when I left the gravesite. I would definitely return!

2  Thank NieSam
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Reviewed 20 March 2018

Stopped in here and spent more time in the museum than we had intended and could have stayed all day. So much info on all parts of Eisenhower's life. Very good docent with lots of information in his boyhood home. Well worth a trip.

Thank Audrey M
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Reviewed 6 March 2018

Anyone interested in U.S. history and/or its Presidents should stop here. You can spend as little as an hour or as much as several hours seeing the exhibits and visiting the various buildings. There are enough interactive displays to keep the kids occupied, and the museum will teach you about President Eisenhower, the Chisum Trail and of course, World War II.

Thank JDP1477
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Reviewed 22 February 2018

This museum tells such an inspiring story of hard work and determination. It's an excellent American history lesson for all.

Thank Tarheel9620
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