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Reagan Ranch Center

217 State Street, Santa Barbara, CA 93101
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Certificate of Excellence 2013
Type: Museums
Owner description: The Reagan Ranch Center in downtown Santa Barbara, California is open to the general public for tours and visitation Monday through Thursday from... more » Owner description: The Reagan Ranch Center in downtown Santa Barbara, California is open to the general public for tours and visitation Monday through Thursday from 11:00 am to 4:00 pm. These galleries feature original Reagan Ranch artifacts matched with state-of-the-art, interactive, multimedia exhibits that highlight the history of Ronald Reagan’s quarter-century at Rancho del Cielo and the accomplishments of his presidency.Over six hours of dynamic multimedia exhibits provide access to exclusive speeches, interviews, radio addresses, and original video presentations. The centerpiece of the gallery is a 28-foot-long interactive “timeline” that gives users the ability to explore the “Western White House” during the 1980s. « less
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Las Vegas, Nevada
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8 reviews 8 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 10, 2014

Highly recommend this presidential library for its historical artifacts, especially the chance to tour the interior of AF One.

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Texas City, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2014

We visited the day after touring the Reagan Presidential Library in Simi Valley. This was certainly on a smaller scale, but I have to say I may have even enjoyed it more. The Library was a tribute to his presidency. This museum was a glimpse of him as a person. We visited with two older teenagers who also enjoyed it.... More

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1 of 5 stars Reviewed February 24, 2014

I have wanted to see this for sometime. Every time I visited the museum they were closed. Even Saturday they were closed. This is just crazy. A lot of us really, really respect Pres. Reagan and wanted to experience this museum. You can blame me for not checking the hours but they are much too limited. I can't believe they... More

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San Diego, CA
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 17, 2014

Information on this museum indicates the focus is on Regan and Rancho del Cielo, his home near Santa Barbara. While the museum is interesting, I would have enjoyed more pictures and stories about the home itself. The docents were very informative but some of them do tend to insert politics a bit too much into their presentation. One of the... More

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031397
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 11, 2014

I enjoyed seeing the jeep from the ranch. There are letters that he wrote that are interesting too. Only open 1 day a week.

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San Francisco
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 5, 2014

We had not even heard of this museum until we read about it on Trip Advisor. What a nice surprise - it ended up being the highlight of our stay in Santa Barbara. This museum is very well done and is conveniently located downtown. There are fascinating relics from Ronald and Nancy Reagan's life at their beloved ranch, such as... More

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Montreal
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7 reviews 7 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 1, 2013

Nothing special; a little dry and boring. The staff were very nice and knowledgeable, but the exhibit wasn't all that interesting.

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Washington, DC
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 18, 2013

We were walking down State Street when we spotted the Reagan Ranch Center (I'd read about it prior to our trip and had jotted it down as an idea to explore if we had time). We didn't have much time, but we went in anyway and were met by a friendly docent. The docent took us through the main exhibits... More

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Chicago, Illinois
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 13, 2013

A visit to the Reagan Ranch Center in Santa Barbara is a must see! The Center is free of charge and centrally located in Santa Barbara. The museum is well laid out and has many interesting exhibits that bring you back in time when Ronald Reagan was President. Although it is not overly large, it is a 2 story facility... More

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rescue
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 11, 2013

No more dry dull museums.This one is full of mementos of Reagan and feels like you are reliving his time.The piece of the Berlin wall was a real plus for me as I spent time in Germany when the wall and borders were armed and dangerous.Made me realize what changes I have seen in my lifetime

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