We decided to visit the Nixon Library sort of on a whim. We were both teens when the whole Nixon/Watergate scandal happened, so it definitely is a life long memory. The museum is well done and very interesting. There are all the usual things one comes to expect in a presidential library/museum, including lots of exhibits of history and memorabilia. I found particularly interesting all the official gifts on display. Something I learned from a museum docent is that all these gifts belong to the country if they are valued over a certain amount ($100?). However, if the president wants a particular gift, he has the option to purchase is from the nation, which, in a few cases, President Nixon did. One of my favorite exhibits was the helicopter which transported Nixon and his family away from the White House after his resignation. Of course most people in my generation remember this significant event in history. I think many, if not most, in my generation thought of Nixon as a dishonest crook. The museum addresses some of his administration's problems, but certainly puts a positive spin on his time in the presidency. I wouldn't have expected any different. Incidentally, the grounds and gardens are beautiful. In fact, there was a wedding being held outside in the gardens while we visited, which apparently happens frequently. I'm sure that's a great income producer for the facility.
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