Harry S. Truman Presidential Library & Museum

Museum Information

View museum hours and admission pricing. Find schedules of museum exhibitions or explore online exhibits. For museum information in other languages, see the Foreign Language Brochures page.

The museum is closed each year on Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year's Day.

Former President Truman observing a museum exhibit

Museum Hours

Monday - Saturday: 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Sundays: Noon to 5:00 p.m.

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Admission

Admission to the Truman Library and Museum costs:

  • $8 for adults
  • $7 for seniors 65 and older
  • $3 for children ages 6 to 15
  • Free for children 5 years and under
  • There is no admission to enter the Museum Store
  • The Museum is closed on Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day and New Year's Day
  • Admission charges for all veterans and active military members will be waived from VE Day (May 8) through VJ Day (August 15)

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Contact Us

24-hour info line: (800) 833-1225
Administrative offices: (816) 268-8200
E-mail: truman.library@nara.gov

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Visitors are allowed to take pictures throughout the museum, but the use of a flash is prohibited.

Manual wheelchairs are provided to museum visitors at no charge and are available on a first come / first served basis. Please inquire at the admissions desk.

Temporary Exhibition

Saving the White House: Truman's Extreme Makeover

March 10 - December 31, 2017

In 1948, President Harry Truman, enjoying a bath on the White House's second floor, almost plunged through the ceiling of the Blue Room into a tea party for the Daughters of the American Revolution. A handpicked team of the country's top architects conducted a secret inspection of the troubled mansion and declared it in imminent danger of collapse. What followed would be the most historically significant and politically complex home-improvement job in U.S. history. America's most famous historic home was basically demolished, giving birth to today's White House.

Now, a new 3,000-sq ft museum exhibition by the Truman Library tells the dramatic story of the controversial $5.7 million, 1,222-day renovation. The show features the work of White House photographer Abbie Rowe, a National Park Service photographer with unprecedented access to The White House and the presidency. His photographs of the Truman renovation - before, during and after - form a unique and invaluable visual record of one of the nation's most important architectural and engineering challenges of the time. Truman Museum visitors also will amazed by never-before-seen White House film footage, along with stunning artifacts from America's first "extreme makeover."

This exhibition has been made possible thanks in part to generous support provided by Title Sponsor JE Dunn Construction Company.

Additional support has been provided by The Powell Family, Brig. Gen. Jack L. Capps, Mary Ellen and James Ascher, the Evans Family, Mary and John Hunkeler, Jeannine Strandjord, Katie and Clyde Wendel, Kay and Roger Novak, Amy and Bob Dunn, Black & Veatch, Merilyn and Loren Berenbom, Kirk Carpenter, Page and Bruce Reed, Daisy and John MacDonald, Thomas Martin Foundation, Barbara and Allen Lefko, Mary and Alan Atterbury, Adam P. Sachs and Julana Harper-Sachs, Beth and David Williams, Janet Napolitano, Ann Heiss, Karen Ball and David Von Drehle, and Dennis Merrill.

This exhibition, which runs March 10 - December 31, 2017, is included in the museum admission price.

Permanent Exhibitions

Truman: The Presidential Years

The major issues and events of Harry Truman's Presidency are highlighted in this 10,500-square-foot core exhibition. Featuring two decision theaters, enhanced audio and video programs, and new interactive elements, this exhibition forms the centerpiece of the Truman Library and Museum.

View Presidential Years online



Harry S. Truman: His Life and Times

This major permanent exhibition highlights the personal side of the life of Harry Truman and his family. Featuring many important objects from the Truman Library collections, this exhibition follows the lives of the Trumans primarily through the many letters exchanged between Harry and Bess Truman over the years.

View Life and Times online