We visited the Truman Library & Museum after another plan fell through, and were so happy we did! This facility is so full of fascinating parts of our nation's 20th century history! It is well organized and very well maintained. There were hands-on learning exhibits that kept my 9-year-old interested--and they were all in good working order. (It is so frustrating when you go to a great attraction for kids and then things are broken! Not so, here!) The displays also captivated the interest of my teen and the adults in our group.
The museum spans the life of President Truman, which included World War I exhibits through the time following World War II and the Cold War. There were some neat displays showing the culture of the 40's and 50's. We saw a mix of media---mini movies play at various places, lots of sound bites were incorporated into the museum using interactive buttons and old fashioned telephones which the kids loved. Big posters of actual front pages of major newspapers show developments through WWII. There is lots to see--vintage cars, war artifacts, lots of slices of history!
Some of the exhibits on WWII moved me to tears. It was also very moving to see the burial sites of President Truman and his wife Bess, and see the eternal flame that burns in the courtyard there.
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