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Reagan Ranch Center

217 State Street, Santa Barbara, CA 93101
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Ranked #10 of 69 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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Colorado Springs, Colorado
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22 reviews 22 reviews
11 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
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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2 helpful votes 2 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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36 reviews 36 reviews
16 attraction reviews
18 helpful votes 18 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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Houghton, Michigan
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 12, 2014

We spent a couple of hours here. Docents are there to give you a guided tour. Exhibits are informative and first class. The Exhibit Center brings the Ronald Reagan Ranch to you in downtown Santa Barbara. Good parking, 75 minutes free. No charge at Exhibit Hall.

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Gilroy, California
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14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 12, 2014 via mobile

This museum was on our walk down State St. A very nice museum to see a lot about Pres. Reagan while he was at the "Western White House" You have to watch the short video of the Secret Service agent that look after Reagan while he rode around the ranch. It also has a piece of the Berlin Wall. It... More

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Las Vegas, Nevada
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3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
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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Buffalo, New York
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47 attraction reviews
74 helpful votes 74 helpful votes
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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