President Ronald Reagan
"What I'd like to do is to go down in history as the president that made Americans believe in themselves again."
A trip to The Ronald Reagan Presidential Library And Museum offers more than a history lesson, it gives the visitor an opportunity to 'step into history' and relive America during the "Reagan years."
Top Ten Attractions at The Ronald Reagan Presidential Library And Museum
Air Force One and Air Force One Pavilion
"If we're to continue to advance world peace and human freedom, America must remain strong. . . . Peace through Strength works."Credit: Introspective Pics
Seeing Air Force One up-close is rare, however, taking a tour through Air Force One is even rarer – you can do both at the Air Force One Pavilion! Walk through the last Boeing 707 to transport the president and his staff on several domestic and international flights.
You can even have a professional souvenir photo taken of you and your family upon entering Air Force One. The photo can be purchased in several sizes and it includes the date of your visit, and comes in a beautiful photo mat board.
After taking a tour through Air Force One, walk around the pavilion and see various sites including a presidential motorcade, a Sikorsky VH-3 Sea King helicopter with the call sign "Marine One," and the actual Ronald Reagan Pub, moved from Ballyporeen, Ireland to the Library in 2005. There are several other interesting things to see at the Air Force One Pavilion, including a 4 ft. by 4 ft. portrait of the 40th President made entirely of Jelly Belly® jelly beans, created by artist Peter Rocha of San Francisco, California.Credit: Introspective Pics
The Berlin Wall And Threat Theater
"It takes more than walls and guns to imprison the human spirit."Credit: Introspective Pics.
The feeling is eerie when you walk through a replica of a portion of the Berlin Wall, which leads you to a gallery of some of the most brutal communist dictators. There is also information on the struggles between the East and West during the Cold War era. At the end of the tour, when you walk outside of the museum, you will find a large piece of the actual "Iron Curtain."Credit: Introspective Pics
Oval Office Replica
"I'm reminded of my parents' teachings . . . everything works out for the best and individuals determine their destiny through ambition and hard work."
One of the most awe inspiring attractions is an exact replica of the Oval Office as it was during Reagan's second term. As is the custom, each new president decorates the office to suit his individual taste and preferences. President Reagan's love of the West and relaxed style is reflected in his office, complete with a jar of Jelly Belly® jelly beans.
Voices of Freedom and Honoring American Heroes
"Strengthened by their courage, heartened by their valor, and borne by their memory, let us continue to stand for the ideals for which they lived and died."
Freedom was not just a word used by President Reagan to garner support during the campaign season. In his eight years in office, the president worked tirelessly, reaching out to world leaders and encouraging them to fight for freedom. His words were never empty rhetoric and he always pledged the support of his administration to assist with the goal of peace and democracy for all people. His diplomacy also helped secure the permission for thousands of Soviet Jews to immigrate to Israel.
In the pursuit of freedom and democracy, several heroes emerged and you can't help but get emotional when you walk through the American Heroes gallery. President Reagan always honored heroes and said "Those who say that we’re in a time when there are no heroes – they just don't know where to look . . . Their patriotism is quiet, but deep. Their values sustain our national life. Now, I have used the words 'they' and 'their' in speaking of these heroes. I could say 'you' and 'your,' because I'm addressing the heroes of whom I speak: you, the citizens of this blessed land. Your dreams, your hopes, your goals are going to be the dreams, the hopes, and the goals of this administration, so help me God."
Replica of President Reagan's Inaugural Day Podium
"Let us begin an era of national renewal. Let us renew our determination, our courage, and our strength. And let us renew our faith and our hope. We have every right to dream heroic dreams."
Credit: Introspective PicsWhen you enter the Victory and Inauguration gallery you will notice an unusual attraction, a replica of the podium where President Reagan delivered his first inaugural address. Stand behind the podium and make your own speech as crowds give you a standing ovation. The feeling is fun and inspirational, after all, when will you ever get the chance to address America and the world as the newly elected "Leader of the Free World"?
Rebuilding America Interactive Game
"Are you better off now than you were four years ago?"
Children and adults enjoy playing the interactive game "Rebuilding America" on large touch screens. Spin the dice and move around, beginning in 1981 through 1993 and "live in Reagan's America." You will see why "From tax cuts to better jobs, President Reagan's policies improved the lives of everyday Americans."
1984 Election Map
"More than anything else, I want my candidacy to unify our country; to renew the American spirit and sense of purpose."Credit: Introspective Pics.
Reagan's message of smaller government, lower taxes, and a strong national defense resonated with America, as the 1984 geographical election map shows. The blue states went to Reagan and the red states went for his opponent, Walter Mondale.
The Assassination Attempt
"What happens now, I owe my life to God and will try to serve Him every way I can."Credit: Introspective Pics.
On March 30, 1981, after delivering an economic speech at the Washington Hilton Hotel, President Reagan stepped outside at 2:25 p.m. only to have an assassination attempt on his life. The Greater Purpose gallery provides an intense experience as you see the footage of that day and hear the shots ring out.
"The doors of this Library are open now and all are welcome. The judgment of history is left to you, the people. I have no fears of that, for we have done our best. And so I say, come and learn from it."
Credit: Introspective Pics.At the entrance stands a sculpture of Reagan smiling, holding a cowboy hat and wearing western attire. As you enter the museum you come across life-size bronze statues of Mr. and Mrs. Reagan, in addition, you will find bronze statues of President Reagan sitting in a meeting with Mikhail Gorbachev. There is even a fun replica of a horse that you can sit on, next to a large photo of President Reagan riding his white Arabian horse, El Alamein. When you take a photo, it appears you are riding alongside the president on one of the many riding trails on his property, Rancho del Cielo.
"I know in my heart that man is good, that what is right will always eventually triumph and there is purpose and worth to each and every life."Credit: Introspective Pics.
The final stop on the tour is President Ronald Reagan’s burial site. It sits under an oak tree and faces the Pacific Ocean, just as he requested. Every year on February 6th, the date of President Reagan’s birth, a military unit provides a twenty-one-gun salute and a wreath is placed at the Memorial site.
To see all of the above attractions and more, visit The Ronald Reagan Presidential Library And Museum.Credit: Introspective Pics.
Ronald Reagan Presidential Library
40 Presidential Dr., Moorpark, California 93065, USA
Ronald Reagan Presidential Library, Moorpark, CA 93065, USA
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