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Museum Exhibit Renovation

 

Project Overview Summary:
Virtual walk-through video

The museum's entire exhibit space is being renovated.

Exhibits are located in the library building while there is no access to the museum.

Open daily from 9 a.m. to 4:45 p.m. (June and July: 8 a.m. to 5:45 p.m.)

Boyhood home with guided tours showcasing original furnishing
Library building featuring exhibits and supplemental videos
Place of Meditation - the final resting place of President Eisenhower
Visitors Center with overview film and gift shop
Eisenhower statue - great photo opp!

The Eisenhower Story temporary exhibit in the library building features nearly 200 rarely before seen artifacts.

Research room will maintain regular operating hours.

Increased public programs and activities will be scheduled throughout the duration of the museum project.

The comprehensive exhibit redesign is made possible by the Eisenhower Foundation.

Question & Answers:

Q. I heard the Eisenhower Presidential Library and Museum is under renovation.
Is it open?

A. Yes! Four of the five buildings on the 22-acre campus are open. However, there is no access to the Museum. The Library (with exhibits), Boyhood Home, Place of Meditation, and Visitors Center are open regular hours 9 a.m. to 4:45 p.m. daily.

Q. If the museum is not available, then what can I see when I visit?
A. There are a number of campus features/activities:

Boyhood home with guided tours showcasing original furnishings
Library building featuring exhibits and supplemental videos
Place of Meditation – the final resting place of President Eisenhower
Visitors Center with overview film and gift shop
Eisenhower statue – great photo opp!

Q. Why isn't the museum building at least partially open during the project?
A. The safest most efficient way to complete the project while protecting the artifacts, visitors, and staff is to completely restrict access. The Eisenhower Story temporary exhibit is located in the library gallery during the renovation project.

Q. Why is this renovation happening?
A. A comprehensive redesign is a great opportunity to reexamine the story of Dwight D. Eisenhower using recently declassified archival materials. C-SPAN's most recent presidential ranking poll rated Ike as #5. Our goal is to bring the Eisenhower story to life for a 21st century audience as quickly as possible. Incorporating new technology will create a more engaging visitor experience. Ike and Mamie deserve the best!

Q. When will the renovation project be complete?
A. The project is currently underway and anticipated completion is June 2019.

Q. What will the new exhibits look like?
A. Here is a video showing a virtual concept of the finished exhibit space.

Q. Can I still see exhibits while the redesign project is taking place?
A. Absolutely! The Eisenhower Story features nearly 200 rarely before seen artifacts.

Q. Can I still plan my research visit?
A. Yes! The research room will maintain regular operating hours. Contact an archivist at eisenhower.library@nara.gov prior to your visit.

Q. Why do we need to redesign the museum?
A. Generally speaking, exhibitions last about 15-20 years before needing a redesign. The Presidential Gallery, the most recently updated, was completed 15 years ago. This will be the first comprehensive renovation providing the opportunity for an all-encompassing, cohesive design.

Q. Can I still plan my research visit?
A. Yes! The research room will continue normal operations.

Q. What will I be able to see?
A. There are several campus features and activities.

Visitors Center:
Tickets | Souvenir Shopping | Orientation Film
This building is the information hub for tourists. Start your visit here to purchase tickets and watch the 23-minute orientation film. End your visit here for souvenir shopping.

Boyhood Home:
Guided tours every 15 minutes.
The Eisenhowers lived in this house from 1898 until mother Ida Eisenhower died in 1946. The house is located on its original site and contains original furnishings. Last tour of the day is 4:30 p.m.

Statue:
Photo Opp
The 11-foot bronze statue of General Eisenhower stands in the center of the campus. Be sure to #StandLikeIke in your photo and tag us! @IkeLibrary #IkeLife

Library:
Exhibits | Research | Photo Opp
The Eisenhower Story temporary exhibit is located in the library's second floor gallery while the museum galleries are being redesigned. This is also a working library where the public uses the 26 million pages of the archives to conduct research – everything from genealogy, essays, theses, to book projects.

Pylons:
Photo Opp
Located on the east end of campus, this monument makes for a great photo opp!

Place of Meditation:
Burial Site
This is the final resting place of President Dwight D. Eisenhower, First Lady Mamie Eisenhower, and their first-born son, Doud.

Q. Who is doing this redesign project?
A. The PRD Group based in Virginia is the exhibit design firm selected for the project. Both the Eisenhower Foundation and Eisenhower Presidential Library staff are working with the firm. Additionally there is a panel of historians serving as an advisory board. The design firm, proposed design, and historian advisory board have all been approved by the Archivist of the United States. General contracting services are provided by Jacobs.

Q. Who is paying for this project?
A. The Eisenhower Foundation (a 501(c)(3) non-profit foundation) is raising funds through donations for this project. The Eisenhower Presidential Library is operated through a public-private partnership. As part of the National Archives and Records Administration, the Eisenhower Presidential Library receives a federal budget for operating expenses including preservation/protection of the holdings, ensuring access to the holdings, facility maintenance, and professional staff costs. Private donations to the Eisenhower Foundation fund exhibit development and construction, programs, and events.

Q. How can we stay informed on the project status as it progresses?
A. There will be a number of ways to stay informed. For now updates will be posted on our website and social media.