During your Independence visit, you can learn about the life behind this incredible man. A failed farmer and haberdasher, a memorable military career and a hometown boy with middle-America ideas and ethics, Harry Truman was Independence. And Independence IS Harry Truman. Walk through his neighborhood, stop in to the soda fountain on historic Independence Square where he had his first job, and see the sites where this international leader met his wife, went to school, had an occasional glass of whiskey and played penny-stakes poker. Don’t miss the Harry S. Truman Library and Museum, Truman Home and the little known but very surprising Truman Courtroom and Office. It’s all in historic Independence, Missouri.
Experience the eventful and triumphant life of America’s 33rd President. Permanent museum attractions include Harry S. Truman: The Presidential Years, an exhibit featuring two decision theaters, audio and video programs and artifacts to engage visitors in the issues and events surrounding the Truman Presidency. Harry S. Truman: His Life and Times, focuses on his pre and post presidency and includes 10 audio visual stations and a children’s area. The museum also offers a replica of the Oval Office, an Academy Award winning film by Charles Guggenheim and a gift shop.
500 W. Highway 24, (816) 268-8200Hours: 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. Mon. - Sat.;
Noon - 5 p.m. Sun.,
The Truman Home offers a glimpse at the personal life of the 33rd President of the US. Beautiful in its uncluttered commonness, the Truman Home showcases the simple life Truman and his beloved Bess enjoyed in Independence before and after his presidency. Tours run every 15 minutes from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tickets must be purchased at the Truman Home Ticket Center on the day of the tour. No advance reservations. Groups are limited to 8 people. Visitors also enjoy a visit to the Truman Home Ticket Center with free audio visual show depicting the President’s life and the interior of his stately home. Tickets are purchased at the Truman Home Ticket Center (816) 254-9929 between Main & Truman Road (223 North Main St.).
219 N. DelawareOpen: Memorial Day - Labor Day, 7 days/week, 8:30 a.m. - 5 p.m.Labor Day - Memorial Day, Closed Mondays Tour of home: 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. (8 people at a time)Closed Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year’s DayCost: $4 adults, ages 15 and under free.www.nps.gov/hstr
A visit to the Truman Home Ticket Center is a great way to learn more about the personal life of Independence’s favorite son. A free 12 minute audio-visual show, rotating exhibits and bookstore make this a popular stop for visitors.
Main & Truman Road (223 North Main St.) (816) 254-9929Hours: Daily 8:30 a.m. - 5 p.m.
The Jackson County Courthouse, which houses the restored office and courtroom Truman occupied as county judge in 1933, stands at the center of Historic Independence Square. A 25-minute audio-visual show in the courtroom highlights Truman’s rise to power. (Currently closed for renovations)Located on Independence Square, (816) 252-7454
In 1926, the Truman Memorial Building was erected as a tribute to those who lost their lives in World War I. Former captain of Battery D, Harry S. Truman led the campaign to have the monument built. Dedication ceremonies for this Neo-Georgian styled monument were held on July 4, 1926. After 71 years of serving the community, Truman Memorial building was renovated and re-dedicated in 2002. Today it continues to serve the residents of Independence as a polling place, recreation center, and war memorial. It contains meeting and banquet space for 10-325 people and houses an auditorium/gymnasium with a capacity of over 1,000 spectators. For conferences, a classroom setting or a boardroom for large committee meetings can be provided.
416 West Maple, (816) 325-7843 Open: Mon - Fri 9 a.m. - 9 p.m.; Sat 1 p.m. - 5 p.m.; Closed Sunday Open extended hours for rentals and special events.
This was the final stop in Truman’s 1948 Whistlestop Campaign and was where 8,500 admirers welcomed Truman when he returned home after leaving office. It is an Amtrak stop and home to the Jackson county Genealogical Society.
1111 W. Pacific Avenue
Farm grounds open dawn to dusk all year for self-guided tours. A seasonal book selection is offered during summer. Admission to Truman Farm Home Entrance to the farm home is by ranger-led tours only. Tours start every half hour, last a half hour and are limited to six people, including children. Admission is $4; ages 15 and under free, but all tour members must acquire a ticket on the south porch of the house. Tickets go on sale at 9 a.m. The first tour starts at 9 a.m.; last tour starts at 4 p.m. Only a few tickets are issued each day, so arrive early.
12301 Blue Ridge Boulevard, Grandview, MO (816) 254-9929 Approximately a half mile west of U.S. 71Farm home hours: 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Fri, Sat. and Sun., Memorial Day through Labor Day.
Clinton’s Soda Fountain and Gifts is the site of Harry Truman’s first job. A visit to Clinton’s is a great way to learn more about the early life of this fascinating leader.
100 W. Maple, (816) 833-2046Hours: 8:30 a.m. - 6 p.m. Mon - Thurs, 8:30 a.m. - 8 p.m. Fri - Sat,Closed Sunday
Learn about the story of Harry Truman with just a cell phone!
Visit the Truman Information Ticket Center at 223 N. Main to get maps of the tour, or go to www.nps.gov/hstr, click on "Cell Phone Tours" and select "Around the Corner from the Truman Home" for a tour map of sites in the neighborhood, or select "The Policial Education of Harry Truman" for a tour map of sites on Independence Square.
Call (585) 672-2611 on your cell phone and enter the three digit numbers as you walk to each of the designated sites on the map. A narrator talks about stories related to each of the properties.
Ticket Center (816) 254-9929223 N. Mainwww.nps.gov/hstr
Beginning at the Truman Home Ticket Center, Main & Truman Rds., the 2.7 mile trail
includes 43 plaques imbedded in the sidewalks through the Truman District and neighborhood.
A brochure is available at key sites.
NOTE: Fields Marked with * (asterisk) are Required!
City of Independence Department of Tourism