The Ronald Reagan Presidential Library and Museum in Simi Valley, California, is, at its heart, a museum dedicated to the life and times of Ronald Reagan, who served as the 40th president of the United States from 1981 to 1989.
Tour groups immerse themselves in Reagan’s path to the White House, learn about his eight years in office, and discover how he spent his post-presidential years. But the Reagan Library strives to be more than just a memorial to the late president. It is also a community resource with revolving world-class exhibitions, family-friendly events and abundant public programming.
And where else in California can visitors walk onboard an actual Air Force One aircraft that flew seven U.S. presidents, touch an authentic piece of the Berlin Wall or lay a hand on a real steel beam recovered from the World Trade Center after 9/11?
Two or three times each year the Reagan Library puts on special exhibitions to encourage people to visit its museum. This summer, through Sept. 8, the Reagan Library will host “The World of da Vinci,” a 10,000-square-foot exhibition showcasing the machines and artwork that provide visitors with a more complete understanding of the genius of Leonardo da Vinci. The exhibit also features two original and rare folios of the authentic, 600-year-old Codex Atlanticus, which has never before traveled with this exhibition.
For tour operators looking to book further out, the Reagan Library will be home to Egypt’s Lost Cities from October 2019 through April 2020. The exhibition contains monumental statues, religious images carved in stone, exquisite jewelry and delicate ceramic that was lost more than 1,200 years ago to the rising tides of the Mediterranean Sea, only to be found two decades ago by underwater archaeologist Franck Goddio.
For more information on the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library and Museum, including its upcoming exhibits and programming schedule, call 800.410.8354 or go to reaganlibrary.com.
Top photo by Ronald Reagan Presidential Foundation