All New Exhibits!
The all-new 25,000 square feet of museum exhibit space at the Eisenhower Presidential Library and Museum is now open. The most recent innovations in technological components and interactives are guaranteed to engage audiences of all ages and learning styles.
Eisenhower's Middle Road
Library 2nd Floor Gallery
Dwight D. Eisenhower’s leadership style as president reflected his practical, level-headed Midwestern roots: Work from the middle to accomplish what those on the extremes saw as impossible.
The exhibit Eisenhower’s Middle Road spotlights a prescription for peace and prosperity that guided Ike throughout his eight years in the White House. He sought balance for America – the pursuit and preservation of social gains, for instance, while refraining from government overreach. This exhibit explores six key areas reflecting that approach.
The Dwight D. Eisenhower Presidential Library and Museum provided content and design. Work/research was funded by the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation.
Opening in March 2020!
19 & '52: Women Unite for Ike
March 2020 - January 2021
Museum Special Exhibits Gallery
The 19 & '52: Women Unite for Ike exhibit connects President Eisenhower to the 19th Amendment. The National Archives and Records Administration is celebrating 100 years of women securing the right to vote throughout the United States. This exhibit explores the connection between the woman suffrage movement and women’s contribution to the 1952 presidential campaign. Learn about the instrumental women that influenced Dwight Eisenhower. Discover how women’s roles expanded during his presidency. Find your piece of the puzzle that is American democracy.
Library 2nd floor gallery
The Eisenhower Story was a specially curated in-house exhibit providing an overview of Dwight and Mamie's life while the museum exhibits were under renovation.
General de Gaulle and General Eisenhower both belong to the common national heritage of their respective countries. Their work is a source of reflection and inspiration for today’s world. The Charles de Gaulle Foundation and the Dwight D. Eisenhower Presidential Library and Museum, in partnership with the Eisenhower Foundation, strive to promote and honor the legacies of the great leaders. Together these institutions collaborated with the Musée de l’Armée (French Army Museum) to present this exhibition. With the generous support of The First Alliance Foundation, the exhibition will contribute to strengthen the bonds between France and the United States.
Celebrate the Chisholm Trail Sesquicentennial as part of the tristate celebration with Kansas, Oklahoma, and Texas. See rare artifacts and historic photographs. Learn about the “square meal,” “real McCoy,” origins of the cowboy boot, and “the wickedest town in the West.” Discover stories behind the legends of T.C. McInerney, Bear River Smith, and Wild Bill Hickok among others. Find out why Dwight Eisenhower developed a love for all things western and the Cowtown that raised a President!
War erupted in Europe in 1914 and soon involved nations around the globe. The Great War as it became known shocked the world with its massive scope and the industrial-like slaughter created by advances in military technology. The United States reluctantly joined the conflict in 1917 and began to build a large professional army from the ground up. One of the young officers who helped in this endeavor was a lieutenant by the name of Dwight Eisenhower. Eisenhower showed remarkable talent for organization and leadership during the years of American involvement in the war. Tasked with training thousands of inexperienced troops in the new and untested art of armored warfare, Eisenhower quickly built a strong and motivated group of soldiers while overcoming severe obstacles and setbacks. This exhibit tells the story of the Great War and its influence on Eisenhower’s budding leadership abilities. World War I, as it would become known later in the century, proved critical to the making of this American Icon
Come and experience life on the Chisholm Trail 150 years ago. The exhibit includes historic items from the period, including a saddle, chaps, spurs, a western “dime novel” and a stereograph viewer. (Some of the first photographs of Abilene were stereographs.) The exhibit also features video clips from famous western movies such as “Red River” and “The Old Chisholm Trail.” Children will enjoy the many images displayed for small visitors.
This unique traveling exhibit, created for the Symphony in the Flint Hills by Flint Hills Design of North Newton, uses wood, metal and leather to provide tactile, hands-on displays. Life-size longhorn steers made from metal rods are the centerpiece of the exhibit.