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Reagan Ranch Center

217 State Street, Santa Barbara, CA 93101
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Ranked #10 of 71 Attractions in Santa Barbara
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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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San Diego, California
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6 reviews 6 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2014

It was a good decision to visit this center . Conveniently located on State Street just off #101 and a couple of blocks from the beach, plus it was FREE! I even looked for a donation jar and couldn't spot one. Time well spent. The 5,000 pound chunk of the Berlin Wall was extremely impressive. You could spend half a... More

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Sour Lake, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 10, 2014

If you like President Reagan, you will love this museum. They offer a tour of his ranch also. Staff is so helpful and eager to talk about all aspects of Reagan and his legacy.

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Oak Hill, Virginia, USA
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2014

We were so pleasantly surprised when visiting the Reagan Ranch Center. First of all, it is a free activity! Second of all, it was so informative. There are some great video clips and tons of pictures concerning Reagan and his life both as President and on his ranch. His ranch was called "Rancho del Cielo" (Ranch of the heavens) and... More

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Danville
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 4, 2014

At the bottom of State Street is this museum? Monument? Room? to honor the Reagan Ranch. It's like a lite version of his library but with some political overtones, after all it is sponsored by a prep of young Republicans. When you enter you are greeted by a group of fervent Reaganites who are happy to docent in his memory.... More

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Costa Mesa, California
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17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2014

This is a "center" on State Street that is operated by the Young America's Foundation which owns/operates the ranch where Ron and Nancy Reagan spent a good bit of their adult life. Much about the ranch itself, the house, the land, etc. Impressive collection of memorabilia about the ranch and the presidency. We spent an hour but could have easily... More

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Colorado Springs, Colorado
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21 reviews 21 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 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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Coto de Caza, California
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4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 24, 2014

I was hoping for more of a historical perspective, rather than a conservative sales job. The feature movie really pushes the conservative view, not that there's anything wrong with that. The docents seem like very nice people.

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Tampa, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 17, 2014

Lots of history. You are able to walk through a retired Air Force One plane and a retired helicopter. Replica of the Oval Office and a White House garden. President Reagan's final resting place.

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Corona, California
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52 reviews 52 reviews
23 attraction reviews
29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 7, 2014

This is a close to the Reagan Ranch that most will ever get. Please do yourself a favor and visit the Reagan Ranch Center in downtown Santa Barbara. The Center is free of charge and located next to the train station. The museum is well laid out and has many interesting exhibits and multimedia presentations. It is a 2 story... More

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Rancho Cucamonga
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18 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2014

This is a museum about Ronald Reagan the rancher more so than the President. Downstairs is a 5,000 lb piece of the Berlin Wall. There are many interactive displays that are extremely well done. There is one of his library where you can pull down a favorite book of his and the video display shows the book and a page... More

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