You have decided that your vacation is going to include a trip to the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library and Museum in Simi Valley, California. You have made a really good choice for an educational and fun family activity.
The Library opened in 1991 and is perched on a mountaintop in the Simi Valley about 45 minutes from downtown Los Angeles. The Ronald Reagan Library and Museum opens at 10:00 a.m. and closes at 5:00 p.m. and is open seven days a week. Please note that the Library and Museum is closed on Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day, and New Year’s Day. Admission prices are as follows:
• Under age 11: Free admission
• Age 11-17: $3.00
• Age18-61: $12.00
• Age 62+: $9.00
You will need the information found here www.reaganlibrary.net/directions.htm for a full map on how to get there, contact information, a layout of the library and museum and hours of operation.
As you go through the Main Entrance the Library and Archives Section is to your Left. To the right is the Museum which is divided into Ten Galleries, there is also a welcome theater, Museum Store, the Air Force One Pavilion with Marine One Helicopter, the Learning Center and replica of the Oval Office. Some of the Galleries that you don’t want to miss include:
• The Gallery of Presidents which includes portraits and biographies of all the past Presidents.
• Early Years Gallery details Ronald Reagan before he entered politics.
• Gubernatorial Gallery details how Mr. Reagan began his political career and his years as Governor of California.
• First Term Gallery steps you through President Reagan’s first four years in the White House. There is video of the assassination attempt and gifts received from other heads of state during that time.
• Flights of Freedom Gallery details Ronal Reagan’s international travel and his meetings with world leaders and dignitaries during his eight years in the Oval Office. This gallery includes a maze for kids that help them learn about the President’s travels.
• The Dividing Wall Gallery allows you to step back in time when the Iron Curtain separated freedom from communism. Pictures help to relay the story of the Soviet empire and of the Berlin Wall that Ronald Reagan sought to bring down.
• Cold War Gallery has video of the details of the cold war, models of military hardware and Strategic Defense Initiative technology and artifacts.
• Legacy Gallery contains a deactivated BGM-109 Gryphon Missile, a mural of the USS Ronald Reagan, this gallery celebrates the lasting legacy of President
Reagan’s accomplishments during his eight years in office.
Outside of the Ronald Reagan Library and Museum are beautiful grounds that you will not want to miss. The outside areas include a memorial site to the late President, the Berlin Wall and South Lawn that has an actual piece of the great wall, a replica of the White House Rose Garden and a real F-14 “Tomcat”.
Enjoy your time at the Ronald Reagan Library and Museum as you take a step through history and better understand this great President of the United States.