Museum Renovation

The entire 25,000 square feet of exhibit space in the museum building will be all new this summer! Featuring technology components and interactives, the comprehensive redesign will tell the story of Ike and Mamie in their own words.

  • The new exhibits are expected to open the end of July. The date had to be postponed from June due to the recent government shutdown. Continue to check this site for additional updates as we near project completion.
  • Temporary exhibits are located in the library building until the museum project is complete.
  • Open daily from 9 a.m. to 4:45 p.m. (June and July: 8 a.m. to 5:45 p.m.)
    • Boyhood home with guided tours showcasing original furnishing
    • Library building featuring exhibits and supplemental videos
    • Place of Meditation - the final resting place of President and Mrs. Eisenhower
    • Visitors Center with overview film and gift shop
    • Eisenhower statue - great photo opp!

Temporary Exhibits

The Eisenhower Story
Library 2nd floor gallery

The Eisenhower Story is a specially curated in-house exhibit for the duration of the museum renovation. This exhibit provides an overview of Dwight and Mamie's life featuring nearly 200 artifacts - many of them never before displayed.

The Presidential Library and Museum offers several temporary exhibits both on campus and at partner locations. These exhibits may be traveling exhibits produced by other organizations or specially curated in-house. Generous funding provided by the Eisenhower Foundation supports exhibit development and acquisition. From an overview of Dwight and Mamie Eisenhower's life to special thematic exhibits there is always something new to see and learn.

Below are some of the past exhibits presented by the Eisenhower Presidential Library.

Chisholm Trail and the Cowtown that Raised a President


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!

Eisenhower and the Great War


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

The Chisholm Trail: Driving the American West


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.

Marlin Fitzwater: From Wheat Fields to White House


Experience the inside perspective and humorous White House anecdotes of Marlin Fitzwater. Fitzwater grew up in Abilene, and was on the White House staff for ten years, including six as press secretary. He was the only press secretary appointed by two presidents, Ronald Reagan and George H.W. Bush.

The exhibit gives a glimpse of what it was like to be in the White House during historic transitions. Fitzwater was left holding the nuclear code numbers when President Reagan departed the White House for the last time. He accompanied President Bush home to Houston when he left office.

World War II Remembered: Leaders, Battles & Heroes


Over the next three years, the Eisenhower Presidential Library and Museum will present an inclusive commemoration of the pivotal events of World War II. World War II Remembered: Leaders, Battles & Heroes, is a series of exhibits and programs that will run from June 2013 through December 2016 marking the 70th anniversaries of the war. What makes this exhibit stand out from other interpretive WWII exhibits is the focus on personal stories. World War II Remembered will strive to honor the unsung heroes and tell the lesser known stories of the time. The accounts of such groups as the Tuskegee Airmen, Native American Code Talkers, the brave contribution of the Ritchie Boys, and the heroic stories of women at war and on the working home front will be shared.

Last Revised Date
July 01, 2019