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AAA Editor Notes
Harry S. Truman Presidential Library & Museum is on the n.e. edge of US 24 at Delaware St. The focal point of the museum, an exhibit about the Missouri native’s presidential years, features a film presentation in the State of Missouri Auditorium that traces Truman’s life from childhood to his swearing in as the 33rd president of the United States. In addition, a 45-minute documentary and audiovisual presentations dealing with difficult decisions Truman was faced with during his presidency are shown in two theaters. Exhibits and objects of artistic and historic interest examine such topics as the challenges faced in the post-World War II years, the beginning of the Cold War and the status of the nation as Truman left office in 1952.

Other permanent exhibits include Harry S. Truman: His Life and Times, which covers the periods before and after his White House years; a replica of Truman’s Oval Office, with the original “The Buck Stops Here” sign; and the office in the Truman Library that he used every day until his health failed. The grave sites of President and Mrs. Truman, their daughter Margaret and son-in-law E. Clifton Daniel are in the courtyard.

Note: At time of publication, the museum was closed for major renovations and plans to reopen in 2021.

Time: Allow 2 hours minimum.

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