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Major Redesign of Eisenhower Presidential Museum to Open This Summer

ABILENE, Kansas — The Eisenhower Presidential Museum in Abilene will unveil its updated galleries and exhibits this summer following a comprehensive redesign that began more than a year ago.

The opening had originally been scheduled during the 75th anniversary D-Day Commemoration June 1-6 at the Eisenhower Presidential Library, Museum and Boyhood Home, but was delayed by the recent government shutdown.

Museum director Dawn Hammatt said she expects the new exhibits to open in late July, with an official grand opening planned on Dwight D. Eisenhower’s birthday, Oct. 12.

The entire 25,000 square feet of exhibit space at the museum is new, with several interactive components, many with quotes from Eisenhower and his wife, Mamie, that trace his career from his pre-World War II army assignments through his time as supreme allied commander during the war and as president of the United States.

Several new mini-theaters offer the opportunity to hear Eisenhower’s words first-hand on a variety of issues from D-Day to world peace.

The 22-acre campus remains open and temporary exhibits are on display in the library building until the museum project is complete.