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Museum Galleries

The Eisenhower Presidential Library, Museum and Boyhood Home transports visitors to an era younger generations can scarcely imagine without the historic artifacts on display. Begin in the Visitors Center where you can view a short film about Eisenhower's life and legacy. Then, step into the museum and experience multiple exhibit galleries that examine the world of Eisenhower's private and public life — including Mamie and her important role as First Lady. You will learn the story of a man whose many achievements epitomize the fulfillment of our still-cherished American Dream of reaching for the stars.

The museum galleries also provide a glimpse into the 1950s. Through interactive computer stations, visitors can relive this crucial decade of affluence, anxiety, the emergence of the television age, a smoldering civil rights conflict, unparalleled technological advances, and serious foreign crises. The temporary gallery offers changing exhibits on a regular basis, giving repeat visitors something new to see.

Highly skilled in public relations, Eisenhower seized the opportunity to become the first "television president." His two-term administration (1953-1961) initiated the nation's first civil rights legislation since Civil War Reconstruction. Eisenhower made the highly controversial decision ordering U.S. Army troops to enforce the integration of Central High School in Little Rock, Arkansas. Eisenhower was responsible for the inception of the Interstate Highway System which contributed to economic expansion and improved the daily lives of American citizens. Finally, Eisenhower's world strategy kept the Cold War "cold."

The displays in the gallery space of the Library building, which change frequently, further extend the range of topics presented at the Eisenhower Presidential Library, Museum and Boyhood Home.