Richard Nixon Presidential Library and Museum

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Richard Nixon Presidential Library and Museum

Richard Nixon Presidential Library and Museum
4.5
Historic Sites • Points of Interest & Landmarks • History Museums
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Monday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Sunday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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With a visit to the Richard Nixon Presidential Library and Museum, guests can tour the most modern presidential museum in the country to learn about Richard Nixon the man, his life, and his presidency. The twenty-eight-year-old presidential museum went through a complete renovation less than two years ago. The all-new museum features nearly 70 new major exhibits, 30 unique multi-media experiences, 11 original films, 12 custom digital interactives, 10 curated archival film sequences, more than 600 photographs, 8,000 square feet of wall murals and more than 300 artifacts. There is so much history in itself at the Nixon Library. Enjoy tours of Richard Nixon's original birthplace and boyhood home, walk through the presidential helicopter that flew four Presidents, take in the splendor of the White House East Room and pay respects at the final resting places of President and Mrs. Nixon.
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David A
Alhambra, CA105 contributions
Brings Back the 60's and 70's
Sep 2021
It is a comprehensive review of his life and career, but much improved since the section was added detailing the sordid Watergate affair.
Written October 2, 2021
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yvrguy2016
West Vancouver, Canada31 contributions
Excellent and moving
Sep 2021
The library looks misleadingly small as it lacks the adjacent sprawling public park acreage or facility (e.g. University campus) that adjoin most other presidential libraries. Inside is a very stimulating set of exhibits with a great richness of detail: a very good replica of the Oval Office, a replica (or the original?) of the January 20, 1969 Vietnam death count by the Pentagon in the Presidential safe, a board from Nixon's TV address illustrating changes in the Vietnam theatre, many telegrams sent to the White House in support (and some in opposition to) of the silent majority speech (the telegrams themselves are a source of great fascination for those born in the 1970s and later). The numerous opportunities to pick up a then-high-tech push-button landline telephone and listen in to mundane conversations from the Nixon tapes, as well as of Nixon speaking to astronauts in space, was a great touch. For those born after 1990, these phones will be a novelty. There appears to have been a good deal of effort put into the Watergate exhibit, and a nicely-rendered film about the departure from the front lawn of the White House by helicopter that all, regardless of their opinions, can appreciate. The personal elements of the Nixons' pre-White House lives are detailed in abundant artifacts. The birthplace, located outside the main library building on the grounds, is an excellent separate tour in and of itself, as is the Presidential helicopter (which probably needs to be shaded at some point as it is wearing under the hot Southern California sun). The grounds and architecture are appropriate to the region and beautiful to admire. The courtyard in particular overlooking to the pond is a great place to reflect after spending hours inside the museum.

Like all Presidential Libraries, you could make this a quick 90 minute visit or you could spend the entire day here (in which case, eat a hearty meal beforehand or bring a snack or lunch as I don't believe there were hot or cold meal offerings onsite). It is suitable for all ages. Kids likely will have enough to look at and listen to and even touch in a few cases (the phones) that they can enjoy it.

The only complaint is the cacaphony of noise. In the first exhibit, we see multiple different important television recordings from the 1960s playing loudly and simultaneously. Over top of that are 1960s blues and folk music. It is simply too much. It detracts from the very important media exhibits. Several other areas also have theme music that interrupted my thinking but at least these were not competing with blaring television audio. Those with head injuries and hearing problems will want to skip past the din of the first exhibit and retreat to the quiet of the Oval Office in the next room.

In sum, a beautifully presented museum. Perhaps because it only joined the federal library system in 2007, there seemed (to my eye) to be many more personal artifacts here than with the other two Presidential Libraries I had visited. Lots and lots of period pieces and tchotchkes that really illustrated the mechanics of democracy of the era (voting tally boards, bumper stickers, telegrams and other paraphernalia). Just a delight to see how things looked and felt in that period. The final video as you leave is of Nixon speaking in his later years. His wisdom is applicable to us all: it is better to have tried, and suffered the agony of failure, than to have done nothing at all. Truly moving and inspirational from a man who surely understood the meaning of those words.
Written September 23, 2021
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Mister-Markie
San Rafael, CA2,808 contributions
Wondaful visit - changed my views of this President!
Aug 2021
Came here when staying in the Disneyland Resort are because I wanted something "not touristy" for a break. What a great place this was!

I arrived at 1pm, and the place was not really busy - maybe just reopening slowly as people wander out again, as I cannot imagine this would not be a place that draws people through its offerings, and it does offer SO much! In fact, I stayed until closing at 5pm, and probably would have enjoyed another hour to really absorb everything, although I did take the time to read and interact with exhibits, as you should.

The museum itself is set up in a linear way, so you just meander from one exhibit to another, and it is sequentially set up in most ways, exploring themes of Richard Nixon's life and ascent to the highest elected office in America.

Galleries dedicated to the 60s, an exact replica of the oval office when he was president, his struggles to deal with Vietnam, his relationship with China and his foreign and domestic polices, his White House years and reelection campaign of 1972 all showcase his major political life and achievements (and failures, as well). The Watergate gallery is quite extensive, and really digs into the politics that Nixon got entrapped in and why he may have done so. Ultimately, it would end what seems to be an amazing political career in shame.

After this gallery, we are then brought "Back to the Beginning" which in a series of galleries traces Richard Nixon's life from boyhood and family, through early and college school years, into his first jobs and service as a commissioned Naval officer. It then presents his beginnings of political service, as a representative and senator, on to Vice President and then President. There are then some poignant memories of how he lived his years after his resignation - until his death and burial here at the library, with his beloved wife Pat, both resting a stone's throw from his boyhood farmhouse, which was brought here.

I must admit, having been born in the early 60s I knew of Richard Nixon as a disgraced President, of the "Tricky Dick" and "I am not a crook" characterizations. But after my visit, I am in admiration of his life, both personally and politically. I lost count of how many environmental and protection of civil rights laws he signed, how many openings for world peace he created and how he sought to make government more efficient at the federal level. Listening to his inaugural address, I think back on the last president and wonder how we have gone so far astray. His words of 50 years ago echo so true today.

Whatever you may think of Richard Nixon, take a chance to visit this library - you will be moved in some way, wherever you stand in your view of his life.
Written August 14, 2021
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Toni H
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Excellent Venue!
Jul 2021
Perfect Venue for any occassion. The decorum was absolutely beautiful! The food was excellent. Everything about this place is classy.
Written July 28, 2021
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ColinO123
Sunnyvale, CA163 contributions
"Each day a chance to do something memorable for someone"
Jun 2021
We had a wonderful visit to the Richard Nixon Presidential Library and Museum. We arrived just before noon. There was plenty of parking. There were quite a few docents to add to the learning experience.

- Our first stop was the replica of the Nixon Oval Office. A docent told us about many of the details in the replica.

- We then walked through more permanent exhibits in the Museum. There were many splendid multimedia sections covering politics and history. The section on his childhood and connection to family was told well. Our personal favorite display was Nixon's Yellow Notepads; at the top of the notepad on display was "Each day a chance to do something memorable for someone"

- Next we walked around the Pat Nixon Garden. Lots of roses in the collection in addition to trees and other plants. Beautiful. A small arbor was set up at the head of the fountain pool getting ready for a special event.

- A docent took us through the birthplace house. Notable was the numerous musical instruments. Interesting fact was told about the fireplace.

- Walked around the Presidential Helicopter.

- A docent walked us to the replica East Room which is used for special events.

- Our last stop was the Presidents Club which touched on how various presidents worked with each other.

From our visit, we found many valuable leadership insights. Inspiring. Great history lessons. We were there for a wonderful 2.5 hours.

"The day indeed was splendid" - excerpt from a letter to his daughter Tricia before her wedding
Written June 15, 2021
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Melinda P
Yorba Linda, CA510 contributions
Worth a visit!
Jan 2021 • Family
This is such a beautiful presidential library!! The watergate tapes are fascinating, but the gowns worn by the First Lady are breath taking. What a unique piece of history that is highlighted here. I recommend kids and teens alike to learn and observe!
Written January 8, 2021
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Carol M
Saint Helens, Oregon, United States96 contributions
Great historical education.
Aug 2019
The Nixon Presidential Library is an interesting place to explore the significant issues that affected America from 1969 to 1975. The library also tells the story of the political rise and fall of California's own Richard Nixon, born and raised in the Yorba Linda area. I think that regardless of what you think of Richard Nixon, the library is an excellent place to relive American history and come away with a better understanding of the great events of the Nixon presidency. It also offers fun and entertaining interactive exhibits for children.
Written July 29, 2020
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Jeffry b
Essendon, Australia8,622 contributions
The man who couldn't face the truth
Mar 2020
Richard M. Nixon is a much under estimated man. His cover-up of the Wastergate burglars destroyed his presidency. Many people still can't work out whaat the fuss was about. This library and museum has many fascinating exhibits, including his childhood home -- a kit home. If you are in the area, this library is certainly worth a visit. If you need any guidance, the docents wikll be happy to help. If you have any questions, they have heard them all before.
Written June 3, 2020
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dennis d
Algonac, MI738 contributions
Presents a Better Picture of the Man Nixon
Aug 2019
I never fully understood the man Nixon, This visit provided a better understanding of what he did in office and the personal side of his life. The media was not a friend of his. You have to read and absorb his life through the exhibits. The museum and gardens are very nice to visit. They also offer special events and programs.
Written March 18, 2020
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Sightsee777988
Thanks for your review! We’re delighted that you had a good experience at the Nixon Library! We look forward to seeing you again in the future!
Written March 19, 2020
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Meceebee
Michigan377 contributions
Great history lesson
Mar 2020 • Friends
Fun times and great history lesson! The staff were very helpful and informative. It wasn’t busy at all and lots of time. Took us about 3 hours.
Written March 7, 2020
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Thanks for your review! We look forward to seeing you and family again in the future! ~ Jane
Written March 8, 2020
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