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Harry S Truman National Historic Site

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Address: 223 N. Main St., Independence, MO 64050
Phone Number: 816 254-9929
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Description: President Harry S Truman took America from its traditional isolationism...
President Harry S Truman took America from its traditional isolationism into the age of international involvement. Despite his power, he never forgot where he came from. Today, visitors can experience the surroundings Truman knew as a young man of modest ambition through his political career and final years as a former president.
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The Harry & Bess House

First, purchase your $5 admission ticket at the NPS office a few blocks away in downtown Independence. Parking at the house is on-street only. Tour groups are kept to a small... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed March 12, 2015
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Lakeland, Minnesota
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Hastings, Nebraska
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174 reviews 174 reviews
90 attraction reviews
72 helpful votes 72 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 20, 2015

They only take tours of eight and they sell out early, so don't try to just show up and go Still once you do get in, it is great.

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Lakeland, Minnesota
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 12, 2015

First, purchase your $5 admission ticket at the NPS office a few blocks away in downtown Independence. Parking at the house is on-street only. Tour groups are kept to a small number, i believe 6 to 8 per group. An NPS guide meets you at the home to begin your tour. You begin the tour through the back of the... More 

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utah
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16 reviews 16 reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 5, 2015

This is a great tour of President Harry S Truman and his wife Bess's family home. The house was their home away from the White House and the home they came back to after Truman's time as President of the United States. In the house there are the items that actually belonged to the president and his wife. The tour... More 

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Morris, Illinois
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72 reviews 72 reviews
28 attraction reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 11, 2015

A nice tour of Harry and Bess Truman's house pre and post White House. The NPS tour guide was excellent (buy your ticket at the NPS office in town). The house is exactly as it was when the Trumans lived there. There are no replicas or reproductions here. It was nice to see how Harry Truman was just one of... More 

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Champaign, Illinois
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16 reviews 16 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 5, 2015

Very nice tour. The guide was knowledgeable and very helpful. The history surrounding this place was relayed to us by our guide. Period furniture in the rooms really make you feel how it was when the Truman's lived there,

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La Crosse, Wisconsin
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137 reviews 137 reviews
52 attraction reviews
52 helpful votes 52 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 26, 2014

This was a great stop and a wealth of knowledge from the park rangers. The site is completely the way it was when Truman died. It is definitely worth the stop.

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Missouri
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37 reviews 37 reviews
16 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 11, 2014

This is an excellent attraction for just a few dollars. You can see how Presidents lived in the not so distant past!!

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Jefferson City, Missouri
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58 helpful votes 58 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 8, 2014

The tour is well worth it, especially if you are into history. Nothing fancy, but you'll really get a good feel for how this humble man. He definitely was not a rich politician. Note, you must have a ticket for the house tour. Tickets are available at the National Park visitor center down the road from the house. Also visit... More 

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West Lafayette, Indiana
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71 reviews 71 reviews
29 attraction reviews
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 4, 2014

This site is in fact several structures. The main building is the Truman family home, actually originally the home of his wife's family, where he lived before and after his presidency. Bess Truman lived ten years after Harry, and the house is preserved much as it was the day she dies. Across the street is the Noland family home; Truman's... More 

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Independence, Missouri
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39 reviews 39 reviews
15 attraction reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed November 3, 2014

You don't even get to go upstairs. You follow each other in a line around the bottom floor. Historic yes, entertaining no.

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