Truman Library Institute Renovations and Reopening

Truman’s Presidential Museum to Reopen after $26 Million Renovation

Sponsored by the Truman Library and Institute

He never graduated from college, failed in business and became president. He stopped the buck, defeated Dewey and led our nation – and the world – through some of the most dramatic chapters in human history.

Truman Library Hallway

Now, a massive $26 million renovation of Truman’s presidential museum will allow visitors of all ages to explore Truman’s life and enduring legacy through immersive theaters, hands-on exhibits and never-before-seen artifacts.

"We have learned a lot about Harry Truman in the last 20 years. We also know a lot more about how museums connect with visitors. This is more than a museum refresh. It represents a comprehensive rethinking and a total reimagination of the legacy of our 33rd President," said Kurt Graham, Director of the Truman Library.

WWI Theatre

It's the first major renovation in more than 20 years and the largest since the museum opened its doors in 1957.

Learn how to fire a 75mm field gun before stepping onto the WWI battlefield where Harry Truman became Captain Truman. See the safety plug from the second atomic bomb, then step onto the war-torn streets of Berlin and into the Cold War.

Loyalty Oath Exhibit

Ride along on Truman’s Whistle Stop Campaign for one of most memorable presidential upsets in American history, then experience the Red Scare first hand with an all-new, interactive “Loyalty Oath” exhibit.

Follow Truman's evolution as a champion of equality and learn how Executive Order 9981 paved the way for civil rights legislation by President Lyndon Johnson in the 1960s.

Truman's Oval Office

Step inside the Oval Office where Truman “stopped the buck” and courageously made monumental decisions that continue to shape the nation and our world. “There’s nothing like it in the presidential library system,” Graham said. “It is just absolutely stunning.”

Renovations are expected to be completed this spring. Members and contributors to the renovation campaign will be offered VIP access before the museum opens to the general public.

Start planning your visit today and stay tuned for news of the grand reopening!