Our newly renovated Museum an immersive experience allowing you to interact with hundreds of never before seen artifacts. Engage in multiple experiences through dozens of interactive displays.
There are eighteen new galleries in all, highlighting and illustrating the life and times of America's 40th president. Our new exhibits capture President Reagan's patriotic spirit, his respect for individual liberty, his belief in global democracy and his support of economic opportunity.
The Oval Office
The Oval Office today is a symbol of the American presidency, and its re-creation here gives visitors a moment to ponder the power and responsibilities of the president. This room is a full-sized reproduction of the Oval Office as it appeared during Ronald Reagan's presidency. The basic shape and architecture have changed little since the 1930s. But every president makes the office his own through changes in the interior design, large or small, from a new carpet, to favorite works of art.
In 1966, California faced serious problems: a huge budget deficit, the highest taxes in the nation, a frightening crime rate, exploding welfare costs, and air and water pollution. Ronald Reagan won the governorship of California with a simple, consistent philosophy. He championed economic freedom, smaller government, fewer regulations, and lower taxes. This gallery highlights Reagan’s achievements as governor.
On January 21, 1981, Nancy Reagan stepped into the full-time role of first lady and found herself immersed in the pressures and demands of the position. Overnight, she became the nation’s hostess, the White House social director, an international ambassador, and a model for wives, mothers, and women across the country. Nancy Reagan was also the president’s closest confidante and staunchest defender. She also took on special causes of her own, including her campaign against drugs, “Just Say No.” Visitors learn what the White House experience meant to Nancy Reagan, both as first lady and the wife of the 40th president.
The Iron Curtain took shape after World War II as a fortified border between nations of Eastern and Western Europe. But as an idea, the Iron Curtain stood for the profound division between communism and democracy, oppression and freedom. The Soviet Union dominated life on the eastern side of the border and enforced its brand of communism in its satellite states. Ronald Reagan took on the enormous challenge of bringing down the Iron Curtain.