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“A Must Stop”

Dwight D. Eisenhower Library and Museum
Ranked #2 of 9 things to do in Abilene
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Reviewed September 2, 2013

This was our second visit to a Presidential museum and the 4 hours we spent there barely touched on this great mans life. I found it amusing to learn that he could have run for president in 1952 for either party and won because he was that much loved by the american public.

Wear comfortable shoes because the museum is extensive and covers two floors. There is an elevator near the stairs for easy access to either floor. Since Eisenhower was a military man, a good portion of the museum is dedicated to his military life and accomplishments.

The chapel where he and mamie are buried was quite Spartan - I guess I thought it would be more special.

The boyhood home was interesting. You are only allowed to see the ground floor of the home but it does give you an insight into hardships that they endured and how the family came together to over come them. He and his siblings were from the wrong side of the tracks and could not enter through the front doors peoples homes in Abilene and yet they all became very prominent and successful individuals.

The grounds a very pretty and would be great for a Fall stroll. The library building is not open to the general public. It is only used for research, meetings, etc.

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Reviewed August 31, 2013

This was the third Presidential Library and Museum visit we've made. The grounds are very, very nice. We were able to walk to see the Eisenhower home and walk through the Museum but actually had to rush through. Lot's of WWII info and plenty on Mamie which was great to see. Would encourage you to make the stop if you're in the area. It's a great historical reference.

Thank JABTX1
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Reviewed August 29, 2013

I was impressed with the quality and quanitity of "Ike" historic items and documents. Wear comfortable shoes as this can easily be an all day visit and still not see everything.

Thank Mark M
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Reviewed August 27, 2013

So proud of our president from Kansas! As with other presidential libraries that are federally funded, everything is presented in such a professional manner. The displays are so thorough and lots of World War II information with Eisenhower being an Army general. Eisenhower's boyhood home is right in the middle of the complex including library, museum and Memorial Chapel Great history lesson!

Thank NancyinDerby
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Reviewed August 26, 2013 via mobile

Start in the visitor center with the orientation film, then proceed to the remarkable boyhood home - which is only partially accessible to visitors. The exhibits in the museum are nice. We also paid a visit to the "place if meditation," which I honestly found a little creepy.

I honestly felt like the place was a little too panegyrics and didn't address the controversies very honestly. For instance, it can be argued that Ike kind of missed the boat on the burgeoning civil rights movement. But there's no arguing he was a remarkable man.

Thank HistorianMom
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