The Ronald Reagan Library

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60 W Olsen Rd, Simi Valley, CA, USA

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Ronald Reagan Presdiential Library & Musuem Oct 25, 2010
The Ronald Reagan Presidential Library and Museum is both a museum about the 40th President of the United States and one of the Presidential Libraries administered by the National Archives.

Most visitors will come to see the musuem, operated by the Ronald Reagan Presidential Foundation. The musuem contains much iconography celebrating the Reagan presidency. But, I found one comes away from it having learned little about Reagan himself. The history is recent and I knew much of the outline of the Reagan story: career as a sportscaster and then famous screen actor, Governor of California, and President at a critical time in the Cold War. Perhaps the museum curators assume this knowledge on the part of visitors. New exhibits are scheduled to open in 2011 to coincide with Reagan's 100th birthday. Perhaps these will fill some of the gaps.

The exsiting exhibits do impress. There is a replica of Reagan's White House Oval Office complete with his signature jelly beans. The Air Force One Boeing 707 aircraft used by Reagan is on display, suspended as if in flight. (It's very interesting to walk through the aircraft and see the two staterooms, galleys, and seating for support staff and the press.) A section of the Berlin Wall commemorates Reagan's "Mr. Gorbachov, Tear down this wall!" quote. There is also a film about Reagan and the Cold War and a display on Presidential aircraft. Visitors may may also see the Reagan gravesite.

The research library is housed in a separate wing. Researchers may make an appointment to use the historical materials held by the Presidential Library.

The museum is located on a hilltop and there are commanding views of Simi Valley.

Museum admission is $12.
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Statue of Ronald Reagan in Western…
Reagan's Air Force One aircraft
Replica of Reagan's Oval Office
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Tinktinkie says:
Very interesting!
Posted on: Dec 14, 2010
Glynnes says:
I've not built up the courage to visit this place as yet. Thanks for sharing.
Posted on: Nov 26, 2010
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A Piece of the Berlin Wall Stands here Oct 24, 2004
Ronald Reagan Presidential Library and museum. The library was dedicated by five American presidents in 1991. The library holds extensive archives of the presidential history of the United States: documents and photographs that hold both patriotic and sentimental value. I was honored to have visited this library not too long after the death of Ronald Reagan. After his death on June 5, 2004, President Ronald Reagan was buried at the Reagan Presidential Library on June 11, 2004. The Memorial Site inscription on his tombstone reads: "I know in my heart that man is good, that what is right will always eventually triumph and there is purpose and worth to each and every life." - Ronald Reagan-

A piece of the Berlin wall stands in the compound of the library: This piece of the Berlin Wall was presented to President Ronald Reagan on April 12, 1990 at the Reagan Presidential Library. The Wall serves as an entryway to the White House South Lawn that provides the visitor with dramatic vistas out to the Pacific Ocean. Inside the library also is a Cold War Gallery, which I found very interesting to tour being that I was a student of European history and spend a whole year at University studying the cold war and its effects on economies of different countries. This was a very captivating way of revisiting my cold war education and the Berlin Wall. From the top of the hill, the view is priceless. Only fifty minutes from down town Los Angeles and the picturesque hill top that attracts tourists by the thousands.

At the main entrance stands the presidential car that President Ronald Reagan used while he was in the white house, I think it was a Lincoln, I do not recall all the details now. There is a gift shop at the library that has all kinds of presidential souvenirs including photos of Ronald Reagan while he was president, presidential sealed cups, coffee mugs, glasses, key holders, post cards to mention but a few

PS: Do not leave for tomorrow what you can do today!
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