Advance tickets available online now for first stage of re-opening plan
INDEPENDENCE, Mo. – 22 Nov. 2021 – The Harry S. Truman Presidential Library & Museum will re-open to the public Dec. 2. Timed-entry tickets are now available online at www.trumanlibrary.gov. During this initial phase of its re-opening plan, the newly renovated museum will be open Thursday through Saturday from 9 a.m.- 3 p.m. for guests who purchase advance tickets online.
“We are delighted to welcome guests back into the spectacular new Truman exhibition,” said Kurt Graham, director of the Truman Presidential Library & Museum. “The pandemic has presented a lot of challenges, but we are prepared and anxious to open our doors to make history come to life for our visitors.”
In compliance with federal policy and to provide a safe and healthy experience, guests will be required to wear masks and timed ticket sales will be limited to allow for social distancing inside the museum.
General admission is $12 with discounts for seniors, students, veterans and active members of the U.S. military. Admission is free for members and children 12 and younger. Museum services and hours are limited under guidelines from the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA). Starting Dec. 2, hours will be 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. Thursday through Saturday. Visitors must present timed tickets upon arrival for admittance. Masks are required for guests ages two and older. Tickets are available at TrumanLibrary.gov.
“The new museum exhibition is worth the wait,” said Alex Burden, executive director of the Truman Library Institute, which led the fundraising for the $29 million project. “Through the generosity of community leaders in Independence, Kansas City and around the world, the Truman Library sets the standard for presidential libraries. The story is unique in American history, and the storytelling in this new museum is compelling.”
Visitors will encounter a cinematic experience exploring some of the most dramatic chapters of world history. Museum highlights include:
• Immersive sound-and-light theaters depicting WWI and the Cold War
• 14-foot interactive globe exploring the hard problems of peace following WWII
• Expanded insight on Truman’s leadership on Civil Rights and the recognition of Israel
• Fresh perspective on Truman’s family, including Bess Truman’s role as advisor and confidante
• Loyalty Review Board role-playing game where players uncover government disloyalty during the Red Scare
At this time, group tours are unavailable, and the Research Room remains closed until further notice.
The Harry S. Truman Presidential Library & Museum is one of 15 presidential libraries operated by the National Archives and Records Administration. Established in 1957, the Truman Presidential Library preserves and provides access to President Truman’s historical materials. Through engaging exhibits and programs, the library aspires to reach a broad and diverse audience in a continuous effort to keep President Truman’s life and legacy alive, emphasizing his ideals of citizenship, learning, and service. Learn more at TrumanLibrary.gov.
The Truman Library Institute is the member-supported, nonprofit partner of the Truman Presidential Library & Museum. The Truman Library Institute draws on President Truman's legacy to enrich public understanding of history, the presidency, and America's unique form of government. This mission is achieved through the development and funding of world-class museum exhibits, a robust international research grant program, public forums, and nationally acclaimed education programs serving more than 50,000 students and teachers each year. Join us in our mission at TrumanLibraryInstitute.org.