The McGovern Gallery of Presidents [ Next | Top ]
The John P. McGovern, M.D. Gallery of Presidents traces the history of
the American presidency from George Washington to current times. Reproductions
of portraits from the White House Historical Association with accompanying
biographies, political campaign material, and significant documents such
as a rare 1823 copy of the Declaration of Independence provide background
on the nation’s chief executive and the establishment of the United
States as a republic.
Gallery of Presidents
Jefferson Signs the Louisiana
Launch Theater [ Next |
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A spirited multi-screen media production provides highlight of Ronald Wilson
Reagan’s life from his childhood through the opening of the Library
and Museum that bears his name. Video clips and the president’s
personal recollections introduce the exhibits that follow.
Early Years Gallery [ Next | Previous | Top ]
“Dutch” Reagan’s youth growing up in Dixon, Illinois,
his college days, and a lively career first in radio broadcasting and then
in Hollywood come alive through artifacts, images, and audio visual presentations.
Reagan’s active duty during World War II in the U.S. Air Forces with
the First Motion Picture Unit, his return to the entertainment industry
at the end of the war, and his marriage to Nancy Davis trace Reagan in
the time before he entered politics.
Dixon Arch 2
“Citizen Governor” Gallery [ Next | Previous | Top ]
After delivering a nationally televised speech on behalf of Barry Goldwater’s
bid for the White House, Ronald Reagan’s stirring message that the
nation had a “rendezvous with destiny” paved the way for his
own political career. In 1966 the former actor became governor of California
for two terms. A 1965 Ford Mustang used in his first gubernatorial campaign,
the original entryway to the governor’s residence, and his massive
desk from the office in the state capitol recall his days in Sacramento.
New Beginnings Gallery [ Next | Previous | Top ]
On January 20, 1981 Ronald Reagan became the fortieth president of the
United States. His first term in office including an assassination attempt
that nearly claimed his life, the Strategic Defense Initiative, and the
White House Situation Room where he faced difficult decisions as commander-in-chief,
are among the highlights.
The Oval Office [ Next | Previous | Top ]
The Oval Office has become synonymous with the presidency. A full-sized,
painstaking recreation of this famous room as it appeared during Ronald
Reagan’s administration is a favorite. Ronald Reagan’s comments
about some of his experiences and feelings while serving in the Oval
Office add warm, personal insights
Oval Office 2
The President’s Residences [ Next | Previous | Top ]
The White House is the setting for elegant state dinners and other ceremonial
events as well as the president’s home. Both the pomp and circumstance
and the routine of daily life in the private quarters are represented.
In addition, exhibits about the presidential retreat in Maryland, Camp
David, and Rancho del Cielo in the beautiful mountains above Santa Barbara
offer glimpses of Ronald and Nancy Reagan’s private moments away
from the hectic pace of Washington.
First Lady Nancy Reagan [ Next | Previous | Top ]
For more than a half century Nancy Reagan has been by the side of
her husband. Depictions of her childhood days in Illinois through
a Hollywood career and eventually to the days of Ronald Reagan’s
presidency tell the exciting story of this gracious first lady
Nancy Reagan Gallery Entrance
Presidential Gifts [ Next | Previous | Top ]
During their White House years Nancy and Ronald Reagan received more that
100,000 gifts, not including plants, flowers, and items of food or drink.
Because these items are considered gifts to the people of the United
States, they become the property of the federal government. Many of these
gifts are exhibited in the museum galleries along with artifacts and
other items that depict the fascinating life of Ronald Reagan.
Museum Collection 2
Museum Collection 5
Air Force One Pavilion [ Previous | Top ]
President Reagan's dream was that one day Air
Force One would be shared with the American people. That dream has finally
come true. We are honored by the trust the United States Air Force has placed
in us to share this National Treasure. The new Air Force One Pavilion celebrates
President Reagan's vision and tells the story of his important achievements
during his presidential years.
High above the hills of
Simi Valley, Air Force One is poised for flight facing a 200-foot wide
by 60-foot tall glass wall with an awe-inspiring panoramic vista. The plane
tilts at a 2° incline creating a feeling that it is taking off on another
important mission. Visitors will gain a deep appreciation of how Ronald
Reagan used the Boeing 707 to traverse the globe promoting freedom and
democracy. This historic aircraft is the center-piece of the Air Force
One Pavilion, a magnificent 90,000 square foot facility. Visitors have
the opportunity to board this "Flying White House;" where seven presidents
and countless world leaders have flown. Additional Pavilion exhibits focus
on Presidential air travel from FDR's Dixie Clipper to the current Boeing
747 serving President George W. Bush.
AIR FORCE ONE
Facts and Stats Plane's Statistics:
Plane Type: Flight speed: 540 mph
Boeing 707 Max altitude: 42,000 feet
Plane's Name: Range: 6,650 miles
C-137, 72-7000 Max # of passengers: 52
Plane's Tail Number: Crew: 18
27000 Wingspan: 145 feet, 9 inches Length: 152
feet, 11 inches Height: 42 feet, 5 inches