An 8 Wonder of Kansas
Dwight D. Eisenhower Presidential Library & Museum, Abilene
Address: 200 SE 4th Street, Abilene, KS 67410
The Dwight D. Eisenhower Presidential Library and Museum is one of The 8
Wonders of Kansas because it tells of the remarkable lifetime
achievements of Dwight D. Eisenhower, five-star General and President
of the United
Dwight D. Eisenhower commanded the greatest amphibious military operation in
history, the 1944 Allied invasion of Nazi controlled Western Europe. His
many military achievements are interpreted superbly in the galleries at the
He is the only five-star General to become President of the United States.
The displays interpret the highlights of his two terms (1953-1961).
Significantly, his administration initiated the nation's first civil rights
legislation in ninety years. He also sent Army troops when nine black
students were intimidated into leaving Little Rock Central High School in
Arkansas. More than any other president, Eisenhower was responsible for the
Interstate Highway System. He was also so highly skilled in public
relations that he seized the opportunity to become the first "television
Five galleries at the Eisenhower Museum tell the story of Eisenhower from
his childhood days in Abilene through his
retirement years. One gallery
represents the life and lifestyle of one of America's most beloved First
Ladies, Mamie Eisenhower.
Visitors can also tour the nineteenth-century wood-frame house, located on
its original site, where the Eisenhower's lived from 1898 until the death of
the President's mother Ida in 1946. The Place of Meditation is the final
resting place of the President, his wife Mamie, and their first-born son,
Admission charge and hours:
$10 adults, $9 senior citizens 62 & over,
$2 6-15 years.
Free Ages 5 & under; Free Active Military
Admission fee includes admission to all building.
All buildings at the Center are open daily from 9 a.m.
until 4:45 p.m. but are closed Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year's
Summer Hours - June & July: 8:00 a.m. - 5:45 p.m.
Photos by Harland Schuster for the Kansas Sampler Foundation