Harry S. Truman Presidential Library & Museum
**As of July 23, 2019, the museum at the Harry S. Truman Presidential Library and Museum is closed to the public. The facility is undergoing a major renovation and is expected to reopen within 12-14 months. The research library will remain open during construction.
Learn about the transformative renovation project here, and keep an eye on our Event Calendar for Truman-related events scheduled during the Library’s closure.**
The Harry S. Truman Presidential Library and Museum is the presidential library and resting place of Harry S. Truman, the 33rd President of the United States (1945–1953). It is one of just 14 presidential libraries in the country and the first presidential library to be created under the provisions of the 1955 Presidential Libraries Act.
The exhibits in the Library’s museum emphasize the career of Harry S. Truman and the history of the Truman administration. Among the permanent exhibits are a mural painting in the entrance lobby, “Independence and the Opening of the West,” by Missouri artist Thomas Hart Benton, a reproduction of the Oval Office as it was during the Truman administration, and the office which Truman used in his retirement years.
As of July 2019, the museum closed to the public to undergo a major, $25 million renovation. The project will see the installation of a new permanent exhibition and upgrades to the visitor experience, including improved storytelling, enhanced interactive and technology-based experiences and a comprehensive educational strategy.
Built on a hill overlooking the Kansas City skyline, on land donated by the City of Independence, the Truman Library was dedicated July 6, 1957. Truman actively participated in the day-to-day operation of the Library, personally training museum docents and conducting impromptu “press conferences” for visiting school students. He frequently arrived before the staff and would often answer the phone to give directions and answer questions, telling surprised callers that he was the “man himself.”