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“well designed, interesting”

Dwight D. Eisenhower Library and Museum
Ranked #1 of 9 things to do in Abilene
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Reviewed 26 June 2014

This is a large campus, with several buildings. It was interesting and generally informative.
The boyhood home tour was pretty superficial. It took about 10 minutes, and you can't see the kitchen (except in reflection) or the upstairs. There was some information about his boyhood given by the tour guide. Dwight was one of six boys, there were nine people living in the little house, and the dining room table sat four people. If you ask, you find out that was the table from when just his mother lived there, after everyone else had moved on.
The museum was well laid out and moving through it made sense. It's very positive, so you can see his staff car but not read anything about his driver. The WW II area included the Pacific Theater, which I found interesting but almost strange. There was a very expensive electric car on display, and the narrative said that Dwight loved to drive it, but I didn't understand how the family afforded it if his father was a maintenance man who worked 80 hours a week and had 6 kids, The coverage of his 60's civil rights support was very interesting, and a reminder that Ike was a moderate. The part about Senator McCarthy said that President Eisenhower helped his demise, but I'm not sure how he did that.
Maybe I went with too much prior knowledge. It seemed that the museum was interesting and informative, but gave the hint without the detail or substance.
In spite of anything above that may seem negative, I really enjoyed the visit and I'd be happy to go back.

Thank JustJohnPortageMI
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Reviewed 22 June 2014

Well worth the trip. You should give yourself at least three hours to go thru the museum. Very good history lesson. Enjoyed the First Lady's exhibit and all the memorabilia of the fifties when Ike was President. No working bathrooms in museum. The Eisenhower home was disappointing because you couldn't see the kitchen or the second floor.

Thank Tricia A
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Reviewed 22 June 2014

I was able to be in Abilene for the commemoration of the 70th anniversary of D-Day at the Eisenhower Library and Museum, and I'm glad I made the trip. It's a generously sized campus, with separate buildings: visitor center (admission tickets, shop, auditorium), the Place of Meditation (chapel and resting place of the Eisenhowers and their young son), the Boyhood Home, the Museum and the Library, statuary and more.

There were displays and demonstrations on the grounds of WWII military vehicles and equipment, and a full schedule of events in the Visitor Center auditorium. There were also some special exhibits including an exhibit of artwork by concentration camp inmates that survived the war. I found the events to be worthwhile; the only problem was that I got rather tired by the time I got to the Museum.

I also didn't have time to tour the Boyhood Home, which I understand is at its original location; the complex was built around it. The Place of Meditation is simple but elegantly designed; I thought the three quotes from Ike on the walls were very profound and moving.

Thank Toofargone
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Reviewed 22 June 2014

Very humble surroundings for such an iconic American leader. Wonderful grounds and museum...but the most amazing part is the presidential archives. What a treasure trove of fascinating documents, giving a glimpse into the workings of the Oval Office during a time of incredible change and upheaval in the world. A must stop for the history lovers!

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Reviewed 18 June 2014

Just happened to be there on D-Day and enjoyed the extra activities that were taking place with WWII memorabilia out on the lawn. Excellent historical display in the library.

Thank Keikidoc
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