The Ronald Reagan Presidential Library not only showcases the life of America’s 40th president but also many influential events that took place all over the world.
The name says it all. That’s what you might think when you hear Ronald Reagan Presidential Library. Toss your first inclination aside and you’ll quickly learn that this California destination delivers far more than a history lesson on the nation’s 40th president.
There is, of course, plenty of information about Ronald Reagan, including documents covering his years as California’s governor, his two terms in the White House, his administration and policies. It’s even the resting place of Reagan, with an impressive memorial right on campus. But groups visiting the library and museum will also discover dozens of exhibits relating to other famous figures, world events and international cultures.
Exhibits at Ronald Reagan Presidential Library are always changing, and groups will get the chance to tour the entire facility, including special exhibitions, at no additional cost. Intrigued yet? You will be after reading about these unique experiences.
How many people can say they’ve stepped aboard the same presidential aircraft that took Ronald Reagan all over the world? After visiting the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library, groups will be able to add that to their list of accomplishments when they tour the Air Force One exhibit.
Ronald Reagan was known for practicing face-to-face diplomacy. In his efforts to promote peace and democracy, he flew aboard Air Force One to 26 foreign countries and 46 U.S. states, equating to over 660,000 miles covered in his presidency. Groups can climb aboard the “Flying White House,” tail number 27000, and stand where seven U.S. presidents stood between 1973 and 2001.
While in the Air Force One Pavilion, groups will also get the chance to view one of the presidential limousines and Secret Service Suburbans. Check out the Irish Pub from Ballyporeen, Ireland that Ronald Reagan visited during a diplomatic trip in 1984—it now serves as the library’s snack shop. Explore the 120-foot mural representing all 22 aircraft that have ever flown a U.S. president. And take a quick tour of the Marine One helicopter on which President Johnson flew.
Groups can get into the festive spirit at the Holiday Lights exhibit, an expansion on the annual Christmas tree exhibit. The Ronald Reagan Presidential Library will host the Christmas tree display inside but will also feature an expansive outdoor wonderland.
The addition includes a 60-90-minute outdoor walking tour of the entire campus filled with thousands of Christmas lights, from LEDs and lasers to 3D projections and animated displays. The exhibit will also have live music, interactive photo opportunities and many holiday treats for groups to enjoy. The Holiday Lights exhibit runs from November 10, 2018 to January 6, 2019.
A significant piece of Italian history is preserved in the newest exhibit to visit the museum: Pompeii at the Reagan Library. It documents the infamous day, August 24, 79 A.D., when the Roman city was destroyed by the eruption of Mount Vesuvius. The volcano buried the town for more than 1,600 years, obliterating its existence while simultaneously freezing the people into full body casts of ash.
The exhibit features artifacts from Pompeii, including wall-sized frescoes, marble and bronze sculptures, ancient Roman coins, jewelry and the casts of the victims. The pieces are set in a scenic display that depicts the city as it was before it was destroyed. Groups can learn about the ancient culture and discover pieces of everyday life. The exhibit also showcases the power of volcanoes through an immersive CGI experience of the Mount Vesuvius eruption. The Pompeii exhibit opens October 6, 2018.
Groups can tour the Reagan Museum, Air Force One Pavilion, Christmas Tree Exhibit and the Pompeii Exhibit from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Your group can take a walking tour of the campus at night to view the Holiday Lights exhibit, which is the only exhibit open at that time.
The Ronald Reagan Presidential Library holds many significant artifacts from America and around the world. Groups visiting the renowned destination will discover far more than they ever expected.