Groups of 20 persons or more with reservations are eligible for a reduced adult-rate admission. Walk-in groups are always welcome. If you have a group which you believe qualifies as a school group, please refer to the section relating to school groups.
With the exception of the Boyhood Home, guided tours are not provided. This should pose no problem, however, as the exhibits are self-explanatory. We suggest you allow a minimum of one to two hours to visit our complex. Ample parking is available near the Visitors Center and the Place of Meditation.
Upon your arrival, we suggest you stop at the Visitors Center to view the 23 minute orientation film. The Gift Shop is also located in the Visitors Center.
Upon leaving the Visitors Center we recommend you proceed to the Boyhood Home. The entrance door is on the south side. The Boyhood Home is a typical 19th-century Midwestern home and provides insight into the early life of President Eisenhower. A tour guide provides information on the history of the Boyhood Home and will be happy to answer your questions about the Home and the Eisenhower family. Tours are given every 15 minutes.
From the Boyhood Home, we suggest you go to the Museum which is located to the east of the Home. The Museum building is circular in traffic pattern, and it takes about one to two hours to cover the 25,000 square feet of exhibit space. You will find exhibits covering every phase of the life of the 34th President. A Museum admission fee is charged for persons 6 years of age or older. It is helpful if all members of a large group wear some type of badge so that they may be easily identified at the Museum admission desk. For small groups, admission may be paid individually at the Museum. With larger groups, a payment for the entire group in cash, check or credit card is requested.
From the Museum you can proceed to the Library. Although the manuscript holdings area of the Library is not open to the public, the lobby and second floor gallery features changing exhibits. The remainder of the building consists of a research room, archival stacks and staff offices. The holdings of the Library contain approximately 26 million pages of historical records and papers, 335,000 still photographs and 768,000 feet of original motion picture film.
We suggest that after you have toured the Library you go to the Place of Meditation which is the final resting place of Dwight D. Eisenhower, 34th President of the United States, his wife Mamie, and their first-born son, Doud Dwight.
Additional information about Abilene, including local lodging and dining options, can be found by visiting the Abilene Convention and Visitors Bureau website.