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Reagan Ranch Center
Ranked #17 of 177 things to do in Santa Barbara
Certificate of Excellence
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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.
San Jose, California
Level 4 Contributor
38 reviews
12 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
“DEPENDS ON YOUR POLITICS”
Reviewed May 3, 2013

If you are a bedwetting liberal, do not go here. You will only be frustrated.

If your politics lean to the conservative side, you owe it to yourself to visit. The Center is not a presidential library. It is a center devoted to Ronald Reagan's ranch and his love of the land and horses.

Many important events in the Presidency of Ronald Reagan happened here. These are all documented, but the history is a personal history of President & Mrs. Reagan and their ranch. It is well worth a visit.

Visited May 2013
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London, United Kingdom
Level 5 Contributor
66 reviews
15 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
“Interesting”
Reviewed April 29, 2013

A visit to the Reagan centre is worthwhile particularly if you want to be reminded of the 1980's. The guides are extremely motivated and knowledgeable and the whole tour is interesting

Visited April 2013
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Lahaina, Hawaii
Level 6 Contributor
416 reviews
185 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 270 helpful votes
“Interesting.”
Reviewed April 4, 2013

Perhaps my expectations were too high? This attraction was good for a quick visit. I am looking forward to visiting the Reagan library next time I am down that way (Simi Valley).

Visited March 2013
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Santa Barbara, CA
Level 6 Contributor
164 reviews
46 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 74 helpful votes
“Your politics don't matter”
Reviewed April 3, 2013

Regardless of your politics, this museum is a great place for learning more about the Reagan era. It is very interactive, the docents will go into as much, or as little, detail as you are interested in, the quality of every exhibit is top notch. You can spend as much time as you want and walk out satisfied at your level of interest. No expenses has been spared here and it shows. Not to be seen instead of the Mission, Courthouse, La Arcada, Botanic Gardens, etc. but just an addition to all the wonderful sights Santa Barbara has to offer.

Visited October 2012
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Level 5 Contributor
53 reviews
9 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
“don't waste your time; go to the Mission, Courthouse, Presidio..”
Reviewed April 1, 2013

Although I have lived in Santa Barbara for 15 years I had never heard of this "attraction" nor had any of my friends been there. How it could rank above the Courthouse, the Mission, the Presidio. the Art Museum, the Botanical Gardens in the Things to Do section of Santa Barbara was a mystery to me. And now I have been there to check it out I am still dumbfounded. A few relics of Reagan's Presidency gleaned from the Ranch in a small gallery; entry is free, that's about the only thing that could explain its' popularity. Hardcore fans of RR, one of the US's most ineffectual presidents, should head for Reagan Library in Simi Valley which has a much fuller view of his era.

Visited March 2013
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