February 28, 2011

The Ronald Reagan Presidential Library and Museum

What a great experience of recent history! The Museum was just upgraded and is totally modern.  It is definitely a "must see."  While there, we joined the Ronald Reagan Presidential Foundation because it gives us free admission to all other National Archives Presidential Libraries.  Seeing all of the Presidential Libraries is on our bucket list, and now we will get in to see them for free.

The Museum grounds are beautiful.  Then, inside, there was so much to see and hear.  We rented the headsets to follow the trail through the 24 different galleries, each specializing in certain historical artifacts.  Here is just some of what we saw.

The Museum is up on a hill that overlooks the foothills

Replica of the Rose Garden (but no roses at this time of the year)

The concrete monolith is actually part of what was the Berlin Wall

More of the Berlin Wall inside of the Museum

Bronze statue at the entrance of the Museum

Actual letter that Reagan wrote to tell the public that he had Alzheimers (We also could hear  a recording of him reading the letter with his own voice which was just added to the Museum.)

We toured through Air Force One

Saw a replica of the Oval Office as it was when Reagan occupied it

Saw his son, Ron Reagan, signing copies of his book for customers

Reagan's grave site

Flags in front of Museum

More of the grounds of the Museum

More of the view

And the back of the Museum

If you have a chance, don't miss the opportunity to visit the Museum.  You will not be disappointed.

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