Reimagined and Reopening: Make Plans to Visit the All-New Truman Library

Reimagined and Reopening: Make Plans to Visit the All-New Truman Library

Reimagined and Reopening: Make Plans to Visit the All-New Truman Library

Mark your calendar: The Harry S. Truman Presidential Library and Museum has announced plans to reopen to the public, beginning Friday, July 2, 2021.

Nearly two years have passed since the museum closed to begin construction on it’s largest-ever renovation — a $29 million construction project that promised a gem of an attraction for Independence and the Kansas City Metro Area.

The time has finally come for the museum to reopen its doors, and you should prepare your expectations to be exceeded.

The Truman Story Retold

The Truman Library has been more the renovated — it’s been totally reimagined.

Designers have incorporated the latest storytelling techniques to immerse visitors in the extraordinary journeys of America and its unlikely 33rd president, Harry S. Truman.

The $29 million renovation is the largest in the Truman Library’s 64-year history. The museum boasts a new 3,000-square-foot entrance and lobby and a brand new exhibition, including 230 artifacts plus several hundred facsimile documents, letters and handwritten materials.

Highlights include:

  • Immersive sound-and-light theaters depicting WWI and the Cold War.
  • A 14-foot interactive globe, exploring the hard problems of peace following WWII.
  • Expanded insight on Truman’s leadership on Civil Rights and the recognition of Israel.
  • Fresh perspective on Truman’s family, including Bess Truman’s role as advisor and confidante.
  • Loyalty Review Board role-playing game, where players uncover government disloyalty during the Red Scare.
  • Increased storytelling and never-before-seen artifacts from the Korean War.

New Exhibits at the Truman Library

Something For Everyone

As word spreads about the the Truman Library reopening, you may hear sound bites about this renovation being more than a refresh and really a retelling of history.

In terms of the narrative, that’s certainly true. The new exhibit brings every chapter of Harry Truman’s life onto a single floor, providing context along the way about who he was, how his life led him to the White House and the legacy he left behind.

However, with the aid of modern technology, this “retelling of history” goes well beyond a fresh narrative.

The museum’s use of artifacts, videos and interactive elements come together to create an immersive, multimedia-driven experience that we expect will resonate with every visitor.

Whether you learn by reading, listening, watching or doing, the new Truman Library provides a layered approach that’s suitable for all ages.

Young visitors experience an interactive element in the Truman Library.
Young visitors learn about the electoral college with an interactive element in the reimagined Truman Library.

Plan Your Visit

Due to concerns regarding the COVID-19 pandemic, visitors must secure timed tickets in advance of their visit in order to be admitted to the museum.

Guests may reserve tickets for groups of six or fewer. Larger groups should contact Visitors Services to schedule a visit.

Secure Your Tickets

Because physical distancing is important in fighting the spread of COVID-19, the number of guests in the Truman Library is currently limited. Timed tickets must be purchased online in advance.

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Hours & Admission

Wednesday – Saturday

9 a.m. to 3 p.m.


Noon to 5 p.m.

Monday & Tuesday


General Admission


Seniors 62+ & Veterans/Military


College Students (w/ ID)


Youth (13-18)


Children (12 & Under)


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