Reagan Ranch Center is at 217 State St., next to the train depot. The docent-led tour showcases memorabilia, art, papers and objects associated with the 40th president of the United States. Originally an actor in the 1930s-’50s, President Ronald Reagan entered politics first as California governor in the ’60s and later as commander-in-chief 1981-89. Exhibits explain his background, faith and legacy; in one case is his leather-bound Bible, which he swore on during both inaugurations. Proudly featuring “Gipper” is his actual Jeep Scrambler, while just inside the front door is a 5,000-pound, graffiti-covered section of the Berlin Wall.
Interactive features include a timeline; videos; critics' area, with quotes from President Reagan's challengers; and a “Western White House” touch screen, which plays President Reagan's official phone calls from his home in Rancho del Cielo (Sky Ranch)—including a call about Space Shuttle Challenger. A re-created library also shows the president's favorite books by authors Larry McMurtry, Louis L'Amour and William F. Buckley Jr.