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Dwight D. Eisenhower Library and Museum
Ranked #1 of 8 things to do in Abilene
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
“Good place to visit”
Reviewed 23 April 2012

Went for special exhibit on "Elvis" and found lots of new discoveries.

Visited April 2012
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Colorado Springs, Colorado
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“Good but not great”
Reviewed 15 April 2012

Nice Presidential Library and enjoyed the visit to the Eisenhower home located on the grounds as well. Displays are good and we enjoyed spending time there. Not really anything negative to say and it was worth the trip and time---but the layout and displays did not seem to be of the same quality as other Presidential Libraries.

Visited March 2012
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Decorah, Iowa
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287 reviews
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“Loved it”
Reviewed 13 April 2012

A real blast from the past and in many ways (including his birthplace and childhood ) similar to the Nixon in Yorba Linda. The world war two sections are quite "ordinary" although instructive. The presidential section is a little more interesting and up to date. The audio tapes from the oval office (about five examples) are all but unintelligible and need to be "spiffed up". The gift shop is not up to the snuff of other presidential libraries/museums. All in all, a fine experience that sheds very favorable light on Ike. No proselytizing by docents as per the Reagan! If you're doing more than two or three of these in a year, I strongly advise you to buy a "membership". We bought one at the Reagan in Simi Valley California and it got us into the Nixon and Eisenhowers for free. A good deal. (The only library we've been to that doesn't charge an admission is the LBJ). They're all well worth it. We've been to every one except Ford, Carter and Bush II (incomplete at this point in time). Who would want this job?!!!

Visited April 2012
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Valley Center, KS
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“A nice diversion into the past”
Reviewed 12 April 2012

If you enjoy a look into history you will enjoy your visit to the Eisenhower Library & Museum. You get to tour the home in which Ike was raised and both the museum/library contain much memorabilia from his adult war and presidential years.

Visited March 2012
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Cloquet, Minnesota
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“Befitting of a President...”
Reviewed 9 April 2012

We were fortunate to visit this museum/monument when the Army was celebrating it's birthday. We were on hand to see the laying of a beautiful wreath on the grave of Mamie, Doud(their son) and Dwight, while the Army did a nice ceremony honoring it's president. The small, tasteful chapel is still my favorite part. I spent a great deal of time there reflecting in the quiet. It contrasts with the large, flack-jacketed, larger-than-life Dwight on the other end of campus. The museum is filled to the brim with Eisenhower memorabilia, however, so much of it is Ike's time spent as a General, military experience, etc. Maybe 25 percent presidency, 70 percent WWII and beyond, and the rest personal. Interesting stuff. If you take kids, make sure they understand a little before going in,-- Ike as president, although my son enjoyed the tanks and canons in the museum. Take the morning to walk around the grounds and visit the museum...very friendly staff. Then head over to a diner down the road, buy a token for $1 that allows you admission into the "Hall of Generals in Wax"...now that's Americana!

Visited June 2011
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