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The Museum Will Get a New Look!

 

Project Overview Summary:
Virtual walk-through video

    • Exhibits are located in the library building while the museum gets a new look.
    • The Eisenhower Presidential Library will maintain regular operating hours during the project.
    • Open daily from 9 a.m. to 4:45 p.m. (June and July: 8 a.m. to 5:45 p.m.)
    • Guided tours of the boyhood home are offered every 15 minutes with the last tour at 4:30 p.m.
    • Research room will maintain regular operating hours.
    • Increased public programs and activities will be scheduled throughout the duration of the museum project.
    • The work will encompass the museum's entire 25,000 square foot exhibit space.
    • The comprehensive exhibit redesign is made possible by the Eisenhower Foundation.
    • Two projects happening concurrently:
      • Primary project is the exhibit redesign paid for by funds raised by our partner, the Eisenhower Foundation.
      • Additional project is to address structural improvements for accessibility and public amenities which falls under the building maintenance role of the National Archives.

    Question & Answers:

    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. A comprehensive redesign is a great opportunity to reexamine the story of Dwight D. Eisenhower in light of recent scholarship. We will also be able to incorporate new technology to enhance the visitor experience.

    Q. Why will the museum building not be accessible during the project?

    A. The museum will be unavailable during the redesign to meet an aggressive timeline while protecting the artifacts. Our goal is to create engaging exhibits bringing the Eisenhower story to life for a 21st century audience as quickly as possible. Ike and Mamie deserve the best!

    Q. When is this happening?

    A. The project is currently underway and exhibits are on display in the library.

    Q. Can I visit and still see exhibits while the redesign project is taking place?

    A. Absolutely! Exhibits are located in the library building during the redesign project.

    There are a number of campus features/activities:

    • Orientation film
    • Home tour
    • Exhibits
    • Photo opps
    • Burial site
    • Souvenir shopping
    • Research

    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 furniture and items left by Mrs. Eisenhower. 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
    Exhibits are located inside the Eisenhower Presidential Library while the museum galleries are being redesigned. This is 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.