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Harry S Truman National Historic Site

223 N. Main St., Independence, MO 64050
816 254-9929
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Ranked #3 of 24 Attractions in Independence
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Historic Sites
Owner description: President Harry S Truman took America from its traditional isolationism into the age of international involvement. Despite his power, he never forgot... more » Owner description: 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. « less
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Denver, Colorado
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46 reviews 46 reviews
20 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 8, 2014

Not as close to library as I thought though it was of interest to see what a simple man Truman was. This long time location is very much in line with Truman's common man appeal.

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Yukon, Oklahoma
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2014

This was on my itinerary from the beginning of planning a girls trip to KS. Just a short drive and out and so worth it. As another visitor said it is a little bit of a pain b/c you buy tickets and watch a short film (which we liked) at one location and then you are on your own (we... More

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Lancaster
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8 reviews 8 reviews
4 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 9, 2014

What an outstanding find. The home of President and Mrs. Truman on Delaware Street is clearly one of the very best of a number of presidential homes I have visited. The reason is it is so "real" in every way. It is as if they left just yesterday or were just out at the market for a few minutes. The... More

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Albuquerque
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55 reviews 55 reviews
25 attraction reviews
49 helpful votes 49 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 6, 2014

The US government made a very smart move giving authority to operate tours through the home to the National Park Service when Bess Truman willed her house to the American people. They do a marvelous job keeping the home looking the ame way it did when Bess died and the day that the NPS took over. A park service employee... More

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st. louis, missouri
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127 reviews 127 reviews
22 attraction reviews
103 helpful votes 103 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 1, 2014 via mobile

Arranging to see the house is difficult. Go to the Visitor Center first before planning anything else as you must get a timed ticket to see the house. We did that and were assigned a time an hour hence. Not much to do in Independence so we went to the museum and library for too brief a time. Our ranger... More

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Seattle, Washington
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22 reviews 22 reviews
6 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2014

This home is preserved just as the President and Mrs. Truman lived and maintained it after they returned by train to Independence from Washington DC. It is part of the park system and a ranger gives the tours. Groups can be no larger than 8 at a time and adults only. The ranger we had was very knowledgeable and obviously... More

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Evansville, Indiana
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4 reviews 4 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 6, 2014

The tour guide was very informative, and we learned a lot. It was interesting to learn the ordinary beginnings of a man who became President of the US.

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Alamogordo, New Mexico
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187 helpful votes 187 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 3, 2014

We took the tour given by the Park Service. Excellent tour that truly shows how the president lived out his days here. He had to have been one of the few presidents that was from common folk.

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Atlanta
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64 reviews 64 reviews
10 attraction reviews
36 helpful votes 36 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2014 via mobile

Be sure and review the NPS www before arriving so that you follow ALL the rules - specifically no weapons so leave your massive 1 inch pocket knife that Grandpa gave you in the car so you are not committing a felony. Go to the NPS center downtown to get tickets to tour the Truman house - no tickets available... More

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Rock Hill, South Carolina
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38 reviews 38 reviews
10 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2014

We visited here kind of on a whim to fill time and were very pleasantly surprised! The house is not what one would picture a former president living in. The tour is for a small group, which was very nice, because it felt more personal. The tour guide was knowledgeable and personable. We would definitely go again if we are... More

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