The Eisenhower campus welcomes groups from around the country and the world. Advance reservations are encouraged for groups of 20 or more persons and are eligible for a reduced adult-rate admission. Walk-in groups are always welcome. If you have a group which you believe qualifies as a school group, please refer to the section relating to school groups.
Touring the Library, Museum & Boyhood Home
There is much to see and do during your visit! We suggest you allow a minimum of one to two hours to take advantage of all of the activities we offer. Parking is available near the Visitors Center and the Place of Meditation.
Upon arrival, we suggest you stop at the Visitors Center to view the 23-minute orientation film that provides an overview of Dwight D. Eisenhower's life and sets the stage for your visit. The film is free and is shown on the hour and half-hour in the Visitors Center auditorium. Groups will also receive tickets for the Boyhood Home and Museum, and may visit the Gift Shop in the Visitors Center.
Guided tours of the Boyhood Home are offered every 15 minutes with your ticketed reservation time. The guide will greet groups at the door on the south side of the home. The Boyhood Home is a typical 19th-century Midwestern home and tour guides provide insight into the history of the Boyhood Home, the early life of President Eisenhower, and answer your questions.
The Museum is located to the east of the Home. Temporary and permanent exhibits are extensive, and may take one to two hours to cover the 25,000 square feet of exhibit space. You will find exhibits covering every phase of the life and times of the 34th President. It is helpful if all members of a large group wear some type of badge so that they may be easily identified at the Museum admission desk. For small groups, admission may be paid individually at the Museum. With larger groups, a payment for the entire group in cash, check or credit card is requested.
From the Museum you can cross the campus to the Library. Although the manuscript holdings area of the Library is not open to the public, the lobby and second floor gallery feature changing exhibits. In addition, there is a 12-minute film shown in the Library Auditorium that explains what archivists do at the Library and the procedures for conducting research in the archives. The remainder of the building consists of a research room, archival stacks and staff offices. The holdings of the Library contain approximately 26 million pages of historical records and papers, 335,000 still photographs, and 768,000 feet of original motion picture film.
We suggest that after you have toured the Library you go to the Place of Meditation which is the final resting place of Dwight D. Eisenhower, 34th President of the United States, his wife Mamie, and their first-born son, Doud Dwight.
For more information, view our Bus Tour Information Handout (PDF).
Like most sites, a visitor can spend unlimited time touring the Eisenhower Presidential Library, Museum, and Boyhood Home. If your time is limited, here are some suggested tours.
- 2+ Hours: View the 23 minute movie in the Visitors Center, Boyhood Home, Presidential Museum, Presidential Library, Place of Meditation, and Presidential Gift Shop.
- 1.5 Hours
- Option 1: The Boyhood Home, Presidential Museum, Presidential Library, Place of Meditation, and Presidential Gift Shop in the Visitors Center.
- Option 2: View the 23 minute movie in the Visitors Center, Boyhood Home, Presidential Museum, Place of Meditation, and Presidential Gift Shop.
- 1 Hour
- Option 1: The Boyhood Home, a quick tour of the Presidential Museum, and the Presidential Gift Shop in the Visitors Center.
- Option 2: View the 23 minute movie in the Visitors Center, Boyhood Home, Place of Meditation, and Presidential Gift Shop.
- 30 Minutes
- Option 1: The Boyhood Home, Place of Meditation, and Presidential Gift Shop located in the Visitors Center.
- Option 2: A quick tour of the Presidential Museum.