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“History in the Making”

Harry S. Truman Library and Museum
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Owner description: Exhibits and archives relating to Truman's life and administration.
Independence, Missouri
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186 reviews
26 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
“History in the Making”
Reviewed November 25, 2013

Anyone coming to the Independence or Greater Kansas City area should visit the Truman Library and Museum. It has great exhibits that change often as well as excellent interactive and well done permanent exhibits. For scholars, all of Harry S. Truman's papers, speeches, and documents are available. The library has lectures, special programs and seasonal events. It's an excellent way to spend a day. It's close to the Independence Square where several excellent restaurants are as well as Clinton's ice cream parlor--ice cream sundaes, malts and floats done the old way along with hot roasted nuts, and candy favorites. There is shopping and a great Farmer's Market in season.

Visited June 2013
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Independence, Missouri
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“Rewarding Experience”
Reviewed November 25, 2013

This library is very much worth the time to go out of your way to visit. As you enter the doorway into the main part of the library Thomas Hart Benton painted beautiful scenes of the area on the walls. In fact, I was told that Harry Truman himself painted with Benton. There are many things to see there including his car, Margaret's clothes as a little girl and one could spend hours going through it all and enjoying every minute of it. Every time we have guests from out of town, that is the first thing we do and sometimes we have difficulty getting them out of there. So I cannot encourage anyone enough to make it part of their visit to the area.

Visited December 2012
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Independence, Missouri
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34 reviews
8 attraction reviews
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“Great History!”
Reviewed November 25, 2013

The 45 minute video gives alot of detail of Harry Truman's life and is a great place to begin before going through the museum.
I have a lot of travelers that come from around the world to do research and the Truman Library.
Great place for history buffs as well as those who just want to know a little about our President Truman's life.

Visited May 2013
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55 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
“Truman Library”
Reviewed November 25, 2013

Had a wonderful day at the library. My teenage daughter did not know that much about Pres Truman, we learned some things and had fun doing it.

Visited March 2013
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“Best Presidential Library”
Reviewed November 13, 2013

Be sure to allow plenty of time for this attraction. They have several movies, excellent interactive displays and a beautiful garden. Special photos and art are everywhere so take your time. I loved that the museum allows you to consider the times and decisions that this president made. You can make up your mind about the man and express it in many different ways.

Visited October 2013
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