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"When this library is filled with documents, and scholars come here to probe into some of the facts of the past half century, I hope that they, as we today, are concerned primarily with the ideals, principles, and trends that provide guides to a free, rich, peaceful future in which all peoples can achieve ever-rising levels of human well-being."

President Dwight D. Eisenhower
Speech at the Ground Breaking Ceremonies for the Library, October 13, 1959

News and Announcements

Museum Renovation
Press Release: Project Begins (4.26.2018)
Press Release: Opening Delayed (3.14.2019)

The entire 25,000 square feet of exhibit space in the museum building will be all new this summer! Featuring technology components and interactives, the comprehensive redesign will tell the story of Ike and Mamie in their own words.

  • The new exhibits are expected to open in late July. The date had to be postponed from June due to the recent government shutdown. Continue to check this site for additional updates as we near project completion.
  • Temporary exhibits are located in the library building until the museum project is complete.
  • Open daily from 9 a.m. to 4:45 p.m. (June and July: 8 a.m. to 5:45 p.m.)
    • Boyhood home with guided tours showcasing original furnishing
    • Library building featuring exhibits and supplemental videos
    • Place of Meditation - the final resting place of President and Mrs. Eisenhower
    • Visitors Center with overview film and gift shop
    • Eisenhower statue - great photo opp!
  • The Eisenhower Story temporary exhibit in the library building features nearly 200 rarely before seen artifacts.

The Road to Abilene

Wednesday, May 22 | 6:30 p.m.
The Kansas City Public Library, 14 W 10th St., Kansas City, MO
RSVP: or 816-701-3400

Thursday, May 23 | Noon
Eisenhower Presidential Library, 200 SE 4th St., Abilene, KS

More Information

Ike and Mamie deserve the best.

That mantra, referencing 34th President Dwight D. Eisenhower and his wife Mamie, has driven a $9.75-million redesign of the museum exhibits at the Eisenhower Presidential Library in Abilene, Kansas. With completion and reopening scheduled for summer 2019, it entails renovation of the 25,000-square-foot exhibit space and the creation of a number of new museum exhibits.

Tim Rives, supervisory archivist and deputy director of the Eisenhower Library and Museum, and Curator William snyder, examine the ambitious project and lead an interactive discussion of the function and importance of presidential libraries.

Memorial Day Ceremony
Monday, May 27 at 10:00 a.m.

Hosted by Dwight D. Eisenhower VFW post.

D-Day 75th Commemoration Week
Complete Schedule:

D - Day 75


Evening at Ease -- 34 and 42: Going to Bat for Equality
June 11 at 7 p.m.
Visitors Center Auditorium

Army Wreath Laying Ceremony
June 14 at 10 a.m.
Place of Meditation


See the Calendar for a full schedule of events throughout the year.

2018 Program Series

  The Ike Book Club meets every other month in the Visitors Center Auditorium to discuss selected books. All of the books are available for purchase at the Eisenhower Library Gift Shop or may be available to check out from the Abilene Public Library.
Lunch & Learn   Join us every 4th Thursday at noon in the Visitors Center Auditorium. A light lunch is provided courtesy of the Eisenhower Foundation and the Jeffcoat Memorial Foundation.
Evening at Ease   The 2nd Tuesday of every other month we provide an evening program. Topics vary and may include films, lectures, or panel discussion.