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Review of Dwight D. Eisenhower Library and Museum

Dwight D. Eisenhower Library and Museum
Ranked #1 of 8 things to do in Abilene
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Victoria, Texas
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82 reviews
4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 39 helpful votes
“Great Site”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 July 2014

The museum is a great place to explore American history during the Eisenhower era. World War II exhibits and artifacts, Eisenhowers childhood home are among the must see's when traveling through Abilene.

Visited February 2014
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“Museum--interesting, but overloaded”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 July 2014

Abilene is a tiny town and this is the main attraction. The site is a wide piece of land with many buildings surrounding a large grassy area similar to a military drill field. There is the Welcome Center, a chapel (closed when we were there), Ike's family home (brief tour for a small separate charge), an archives building and the museum building. The museum had wonderful exhibits, but it felt cramped partly due to dark lighting and low ceilings.

Luckily it wasn't busy the day we were there, because each window exhibit was packed with items and there were long pages of text to read. I saw a West Point hat and thought it was Ike's, but it belonged to his son, John, who graduated on June 6, 1944 (so obviously Ike was busy with other matters and couldn't attend).

Eisenhower had a big life. It's just too bad that all the memorabilia is crammed into too small a space.

Visited August 2013
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Salina, Kansas
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97 reviews
14 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
“Out of town guests”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 July 2014 credit card Amex Cardmember Review

We had some family in from out of town, and looking for something that a family that included a couple of teens could do. After a 30 minute drive, we arrived and watched an intro movie- well worth the time, especially for some kiddos born long after Ike. The house tour was small and hardly worth the wait, but historic... the museum was outstanding- much larger than we expected. My wife and I have already decided we plan to go back when we can spend more time. All agreed that the visit gave us a richer appreciation of a president who did his service before we aware of his contributions.

Visited July 2014
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Chattanooga, Tennessee
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“Shockingly good museum in the middle of nowhere”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 July 2014

My apologies to the inhabitants of the flint hills region of Kansas, but I have always hated driving I-70 across Kansas. A friend recommended the Eisenhower Library and I reluctantly checked it out. The museum is huge! People from all over the world have gladly surrendered their artifacts to be put on display in the museum. The WWII section is comprehensive and well done. Mamie's dresses demonstrate fashion in the 1940's. I expected things from the 50's to be on display. What I hadn't considered was that the world adored Ike. And they sent him presents, a fraction of which are on display. What do you send the general who saved your country from the Nazi's? An ivory tusk, an intricately detailed ivory desk, a mother of pearl nativity scene. On and on it goes. Truly fascinating stuff. Also cool is the replica of his office in Gettysburg complete with recordings of conversations he had with later presidents. You can just imagine him picking up the phone and chatting away with Kennedy right there. If you find yourself driving across Kansas, this is a must stop for everyone. Don't skip the home, the gravesite, or the museum. It's well worth your time.

Visited June 2014
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“Needs Updated”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 July 2014 via mobile

A nice complex that is starting to show some signs of ages. The exhibits looked a little throw together but all in all a nice museum that has more focus on the general than the president.

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