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Planning an Event?

Consider the Eisenhower Presidential Library and Museum!


Visitors Center Auditorium Classroom Training Room
Visitors Center Auditorium Education Classroom Library Conference Room


Library Lobby Library Courtyard Library Auditorium
Library Lobby Library Courtyard Library Auditorium

The Eisenhower Presidential Library and Museum is part of the National Archives and Records Administration. Use of its grounds and facilities are governed by federal rules and regulations. In order for the Eisenhower Presidential Library and Museum to make its facility available to the public, it must adhere to the following guidelines:

• Events must be cultural, recreational, corporate and/or educational in nature. Personal, commercial events and political fundraisers are not permitted. No implication can be made through written material or media relations that the Eisenhower Presidential Library and Museum is sponsoring the event or has endorsed the organization sponsoring the event.

• Activities that include exchange of funds on site are not permitted. No auctions, raffles, admission or registration fees collected at the door, sales promotion of goods and/or services, or cash bars are allowed on site. Alcoholic beverages are permitted in an open bar setting only. The serving of alcohol must end no later than one half hour before the conclusion of the event.

• All caterers, performers, entertainers and other service-related vendors servicing the event must notify the public programs specialist with the name of the person in charge of the group in order for them to check in with security upon arrival. All events must be professionally catered and approved by Library staff.

• Smoking is not permitted anywhere in the facility.

• Food and beverage are not allowed in the museum exhibit galleries and the auditoriums.

• Balloons, candles, potted plants and trees are not permitted anywhere in the facility.

• All deliveries for the event must be signed for by the organization sponsoring the event or its designated representative. Under no circumstances will the Eisenhower Presidential Library and Museum or any of its employees sign or assume responsibility for these deliveries.


Facility Descriptions

Visitors Center Auditorium (72' x 40')

This large auditorium can be divided into two rooms and has excellent acoustics. A portable stage can be assembled and installed.

General Availability: 5:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.
Capacity theater style: 300
Capacity classroom style: 100

Education Classroom (35' x 33')

This room is ideal for meetings and seminars where participants need a classroom atmosphere and setup.

General Availability: 8:30 a.m. - 9:00 p.m.
Capacity theater style: 80
Capacity classroom style: 40

Library Conference Room (30' x 17.5')

The conference room works well for meetings. A screen, projector, and wi-fi are available.

General Availability: 8:30 a.m. - 9:00 p.m.
Capacity theater style: 40
Capacity conference style: 24

Library Lobby (32' x 40', excluding 16' from entrance and windows)

This space is a more formal setting, fitting for receptions/registrations. The walls and hallway are lined with Italian marble and therefore produce an echoing effect. A public announcement system is not recommended for this space.

General Availability: 8:30 a.m. - 9:00 p.m.

Library Courtyard (60.5' x 44')

A formal setting and perfect for dinners and receptions, this room is carpeted and has a fine crystal chandelier hanging from the two-story ceiling.

General Availability: 8:30 a.m. - 9:00 p.m.
Capacity theater style: 300
Capacity with round tables: 176

Library Auditorium (52' x 28')

This theater-style auditorium has a permanent stage with drop screen and can be used for more formal lectures/presentations than the Visitors Center auditorium.

General Availability: 8:30 a.m. - 9:00 p.m.
Capacity: 132


How to Book an Event

Contact the public programs specialist at or call toll free at 1-877-RING IKE.

• Reserve the date. Please contact us to see if your proposed date is available. We can place a hold on a date for a maximum of two weeks.

• When you contact us, we will provide you with an Application for Building Use, which lists requirements and guidelines for applicants and is required to confirm your date. When you return the application you should also include a Letter of Intent on your organization's letterhead.

• Your Letter of Intent should be sent before the two-week period has elapsed and should include the following:

1. Briefly describe your organization and its mission
2. State the purpose of your event
3. Indicate the date, time and approximate number of guests
4. List any speakers, performers, films or programs that will be part of your event

• Forward your Application and Letter of Intent to:

Public Programs Specialist
Dwight D. Eisenhower Presidential Library
PO Box 339
Abilene, KS 67410
or email to:

• If possible, please schedule a site visit prior to your event.

• The following must be approved in advance by the Library:

1. Media coverage
2. Speakers, performers, movies or programs
3. Decorations that are fastened to any part of the building by any means
4. The serving of alcoholic beverages

• Sponsoring organizations and their designated contractors must review their plans with Library staff; and the plans must conform to Library rules and procedures and to pertinent fire, safety, and security regulations. Events which do not receive Library approval will be cancelled or altered to meet Library requirements.


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