Mar 05

Eisenhower Museum: A Fitting Tribute

Ike StatueThe Dwight D. Eisenhower Museum in Abilene, Kansas is a fine example of a presidential museum.  Should you find yourself driving across the state of Kansas make sure to stop and visit this excellent presidential library.  At the Eisenhower Museum you will get the chance to visit the Eisenhower Library with a collection of books numbering in the hundreds of thousands, his childhood home, the Eisenhower Museum with objects from throughout his life, and his final resting place.  With Eisenhower being a Five-Star General and a two term President of the United States there is a lot of history that can be found at the Eisenhower Museum.Eisenhower MuseumThe museum is located on a large campus and is generally divided up into 3 distinct areas.  His boyhood home where he lived with his five brothers from 1898 to 1911 which offers a unique experience of seeing what life would have been like in the early 20th century.  The house has the original furnishings including family heirlooms and pictures.  A tour of his boyhood home was a great way for us to get a glimpse of a different side of a president than what one we would read in a history book.Eisenhower HomeAfter taking the tour of the home we stopped off at the library just take a look around the large collection.  Now not being there in a scholarly pursuit there was not a whole lot for us to see or do.  They do have a small exhibit area with what appears to be artifacts on a rotating basis and more about the president.  We just had a quick stop and then moved on our way.WWII artifactThe museum was a well done, quite detailed facility full of memorabilia and artifacts from the life and presidential period of Dwight D. Eisenhower.  It is quite large at over 30,000 square feet but the space is laid out nicely and is a treasure trove for any history buff.  Karen was particularly interested in the space dedicated to the First Lady which had many of Mamie Eisenhower’s ball gowns, jewelry and even her wedding dress on display.  The museum covers his time at West Point to being the Commanding General in the European Theater of WWII.  The striking memorabilia and photographs transform the visitor right into the 1950’s when Ike was president.  While it was all very interesting to us what we found the most remarkable was the amount of lavish gifts a president used to be able to receive from foreign dignitaries.    All in all the Eisenhower Museum is really a well done tribute to a great war hero and president.Eisenhower MuseumWe really enjoyed our visit to the Dwight D. Eisenhower Presidential Museum and would recommend it to anyone who finds themselves in or near Abilene Kansas.  For all history hounds out there it is a must see and for those that are not that interested in history there is enough interesting artifacts to make it worthwhile for you too.

To see our reviews of other attractions in Kansas click hereGift to EisenhowerEisenhower Presidential
Located at 200 S.E. 4th Street Abilene, KS
Hours of Operation 9:00 a.m. to 4:45 p.m. daily except Christmas Thanksgiving and New Year’s Day
Cost as of this Posting Adults 16 and over $10, Seniors 62 and over $9, Children 6 to 15 $2
For more information visit their website at http://www.eisenhower.archives.gov/

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