The Harry S. Truman Library & Museum recounts the life of America's 33rd president, Harry S. Truman. One of only 13 U.S. Presidential Libraries, the museum's two permanent exhibits chronicle the Missourian's private life and political career — with exhibits depicting his most difficult decisions like using the atomic bomb, the Cold War and recognizing Israel. President Truman and his wife, Bess, are buried in the Museum's courtyard.
Did you know about 'Truman, the painter'? In the top right corner of Thomas Hart Benton's mural 'Independence and the Opening of the West', artist Thomas Hart Benton let President Truman help paint the sky blue.
80,000 visitors come annually to the Harry S. Truman Library.
Open 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Mon.-Sat., noon-5 p.m. Sun., 9 a.m. - 9 p.m. Thursdays from May-Sept.
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Nearby is The Truman Home, 219 Delaware, showcases the simple life Truman and his beloved Bess enjoyed in Independence before and after his presidency. The National Park Service offers tours every 15 minutes. Also in Independence, the Truman Depot (111 W. Pacific) served as the final stop for Truman's 1948 Whistlestop Campaign. Now a working Amtrak station, more than 8,500 admirers greeted Truman and Bess there when the pair returned to town following his second term. The city's Truman Walking Trail highlights more than 40 historic sites around the Square and surrounding neighborhoods.
Truman's two-term tenure is considered by many historians as one of the most eventful and most studied periods in American history. Ascending to the presidency following Franklin D. Roosevelt's death in April 1945, Truman grappled with several controversial decisions-including the release of the atomic bomb, the formation of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) and the implementation of several anti-Communist policies. His administration was also responsible for the establishment of the National Security Council and the Central Intelligence Agency.
Prior to joining Roosevelt's campaign ticket in 1944, Truman served as a Jackson County judge and U.S. Senator. He chose not to seek another term in 1952 and retired to Independence, where he resided until his death on Dec. 26, 1972.
Dedicated in July 1957, the Harry S. Truman Library & Museum was the second to receive national designation but the first to be created under the 1955 Presidential Libraries Act. The museum is administered by the National Archives and Records Administration.
500 W. Highway 24, Independence, Mo. Location Description: Ca. 20 minutes from downtown Kansas City.