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Lyndon Baines Johnson Library

1.) Herbert Hoover Library and Museum
West Branch, IA

Fun facts about museum:
•    Herbert Hoover was Iowa’s only president
•    Permanent galleries about Hoover’s boyhood home
•    Quarton Gallery showcases exhibits relating to American history
•    Manuscripts, photographs and oral histories on Hoover
•    Site contains Hoover’s birthplace cottage, blacksmith shop, Quaker Meeting house and gravesite of Mr. and Mrs. Hoover

2.) Harry S. Truman Library

Independence, MO

Fun facts about museum:
•    Museum contains 30,000 objects
•    Gifts from Truman from foreign heads of state
•    Personal possessions of the Truman family, such as Truman’s hats
•    Collection of 1,200 political cartoons
•    Rotating exhibits on Truman’s presidency

3.) Dwight D. Eisenhower Library
Abilene, KS

Fun facts about museum
•    Over 30,000 square feet of gallery space
•    Exhibits on his careers as military leader
•    Eisenhower boyhood home, statue and gravesite
•    Five major galleries: introduction, changing exhibits, First Lady’s, military and presidential

4.) Lyndon Baines Johnson Library
Austin, TX

Fun facts about museum:
•    In midst of redesign of exhibit on life and legacy of Johnson
•    Contains 45 million pages of historical documents
•    Scheduled to reopen December 2012 with new interactive exhibits
•    An animatronics statue of Johnson relates some of president’s personal stories

5.) Richard Nixon Library
Yorba Linda, CA

Fun facts about museum
•    Highlights Nixon’s presidency, including his peace negotiations with People’s Republic of China
•    Birthplace contains most of original furnishings, such as Nixon’s piano
•    Contains memorabilia, formal clothing and photographs of Nixon’s private and public life
•    Nixon’s government limousine and helicopter on display

6.) Gerald R. Ford Library
Grand Rapids, MI

Fun facts about museum:
•    Museum is located in Grand Rapids, while the library is in Ann Arbor, Mich.
•    Rotating exhibits shared with entire Presidential libraries system and the Smithsonian Institution
•    Interactive Cabinet Room lets visitors take part in Presidential decisions
•    Allows guests to experience a day in the Oval Office through a sounds and light show