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The Ronald Reagan
Presidential Library & Museum

40 Presidential Drive
Simi Valley, CA 93065
800-410-8354
www.reaganlibrary.com


Open daily from 10am to 5pm
(except Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year's Day)
Adults $7
Seniors $5
Children 11-17 $2
Children 10 and under Free

Movies: Reagan's Life

The Ronald Reagan Presidential Library and Museum is situated on 100 acres on a hilltop overlooking the Pacific Ocean. The building itself, paid for entirely by private donations, is over 150,000 square feet. The library's holdings include more than 50 million pages of documents, 1.5 million photo graphs and 75,000 gifts.


The museum also includes an exact replica of the Oval Office. Other highlights include a colorful section of the Berlin Wall, a Cossack saddle from Mikhail Gorbachev, a nuclear missile deactivated when the President and Gorbachev signed the INF treaty, the First Lady's Gallery and memorabilia such as movie posters and jelly bean jars.

The library's four theaters screen videos tracing Reagan's life from his small town roots through his eight years as president.

The permanent collection of films, videos, objects, artifacts and a world-class line-up of rotating exhibits make the museum a lively, engaging place for children and their families to learn about the 40th President of the United States and his enduring legacy of leadership.

Highlights

Berlin Wall - Berlin Wall - Presented to President Reagan at the Library on April 12, 1990: This full section of the Wall is a symbolic reminder of the long and victorious struggle against Communism.

Oval Office - Oval Office - At the request of President Reagan, the Reagan Library houses a full-scale replica of the Oval Office furnished with reproductions and staged exactly as it was on the last day of his Presidency.

Covering Reagan - Covering Reagan - A selection of more than 400 magazine covers featuring President and Mrs. Reagan, through their years in Hollywood, to the California governor's mansion, the White House, and finally their return to Los Angeles

Presidential Memorabilia - Presidential Memorabilia - Donated by
California Congressman James Rogan (R), this collection features political campaign materials, banners, buttons, and household items featuring mottoes, images, or names of presidential hopefuls covering the administrations of Andrew Jackson to William Jefferson Clinton.

Directions

  • From Los Angeles, take U.S. Highway 101 (Ventura) North to State Highway 23 (Moorpark-Fillmore) North. From Highway 23, exit at Olsen Road, turn right and proceed to Presidential Drive. Follow the signs to the Reagan Library.
  • From Santa Barbara take U.S. Highway 101 (Ventura) South to State Highway 23 (Moorpark-Fillmore) North. From Highway 23, exit at Olsen Road, turn right and proceed to Presidential Drive. Follow the signs to the Reagan Library.

Inside the Reagan Library

A New Beginning: The First Year. Taking-on the Washington establishment and the Soviet Union consumed Reagan's early months in office. It was a whirlwind of activity. The first year was a new beginning.

March 30, 1981. Suddenly, on March 30, 1981 the Reagan Presidency was brought-up short by violence. This exhibit incorporates video of that traumatic day. There are some of the president's handwritten notes assuring his wife and the American people.

The Cabinet Room.This is also known as the Henry Salvatori Gallery. This room is an extraordinary opportunity for the visitor to 'become' part of the Reagan Cabinet, advising the president as he grapples with tough decisions about a labor strike by government air-controllers. Then you have to deal with the Communist take-over of a tiny Caribbean island nation.

The Reagan Style. By now its pretty clear that Ronald Reagan changed the American presidency even as he changed America itself. How did he do it? One key to understanding Reagan's success is to understand the Reagan style. A master humorist, the president used his story telling ability to make a point, deflect criticism, and win over doubters. here the visitor can listen to many of the best Reagan stories via the computer CD-ROM player.


Gifts Fit For A President. A large sampling of gifts presented to president Reagan by other world leaders; periodically changed, these represent but a fraction of the more than 2000,head of state gifts in the Museum's holdings.

Prepared For Peace. On display is an authentic land-based Cruise Missile, one of a handful remaining after the 1987 INF Treaty signed by president Reagan and the USSR's Gorbachev - the first such treaty to do away with a whole class of nuclear weapons.

Geneva Fireside Theater. Step inside this replica of a Geneva Boathouse where the first Reagan-Gorbachev summit took place and see and 11-minute, multi-screen presentation recalling the Road to Geneva and historic events which transpired in the twilight of the Cold War.

Oval Office. This full scale replica of president's Ronald W. Reagan's Oval Office is furnished just as he left it in January 1989. Pause and listen to the president's own voice describing how he used this historic room.

Dining at the White House. Here you can attend a state dinner with the Reagan's. All this is at the courtesy of seven-minute video explaining how 100 people take eight weeks to organize one of these spectacular social occasions.

The Sporting President. For Ronald Reagan, youthful football player and later sports announcer, meeting America's athletic heroes was a special treat. Here you can see some of the priceless sports memorabilia present to the president while in office.

Gifts From the Heart. The Museum's holdings include over 700,000 gifts from average Americans. Some may appear offbeat. Others are highly poignant. All are preserved for posterity. Here you can see a sampling of them.

Gifts For A First Lady. Here, in a gallery devoted to Mrs. Reagan's life & accomplishments, you can see an impressive array of foreign 'head of state' gifts given to the first lady. Outside the pavilions is a video biography of Mrs. Reagan.

White House Wardrobe. Here is a rotating display of dresses worn by Mrs. Reagan during her White House years.

Meet President Reagan. Here is your opportunity to interact with the president through the magic of the multi-media interview.

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