Over the weekend we played "tourists" in our own town, and finally visited the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library and Museum.
A while ago we visited the Kennedy Library in Boston and really enjoyed it. And so began our desire to visit more Presidential libraries.
So on Saturday we made the hour drive from our home in Long Beach to the Reagan Library in the beautiful, rural, Simi Valley north of Los Angeles.
The museum contains more history of the Regan Presidency that you could ever see read or see in day. Tapes of speeches and campaign ads. Actual news articles, presidential and personal photos, and actual White House itineraries. As well as explanations of various domestic and foreign policy decisions and events. Regardless of your political leaning, it's fascinating to see the history of our country and it's leaders.
Reagan was known as the "great communicator" because of his speeches and his effective use of teleprompters. In the museum they have podium where you can read Reagan speech off a real teleprompter.
(I think he looks pretty Presidential, don't you?)
There's also replica of the Reagan Oval Office. So cool to feel like you're in the President's office.
These are some Nancy Reagan's actual dresses. I always love reading about first ladies and seeing what there wore.
(Currently I can't get enough of Michelle Obama's fashion!)
A lot of Reagan's foreign policy focused on the USSR which was really interesting to read about considering that I visited the USSR in 1990, but was I so young and didn't have much context for what was happening around me.
In the part of the museum about the USSR and communism there's a replica of the Berlin Wall that you can crawl under.
Maybe the coolest part of the museum may be that the actual Air Force One used during Reagan's presidency is housed there.
And you can even go on board!
(We couldn't take pictures on board but it was really cool to see the inside of Air Force One!)
Oh, and did I mention that the views from the museum were spectacular?! What a beautiful place.
The Reagan Library and Museum was fabulous! We learned a lot about what was happening in the world during our early childhoods and had a ton of fun.
I can't wait to visit another presidential library. Maybe Nixon next, since it is near LA too? But I'd really like to visit Clinton's Library in Arkansas. Has anyone been there?
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