Temporary & Traveling Exhibits


Harry S. Truman: Kansas City's Commander in Chief

On Display September 6 – October 25, 2019
Open Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. – 8 p.m.

The Box Gallery, 1000 Walnut Street, Kansas City, MO 64106
Free Admission

On April 12, 1945, Missouri-born Vice President Harry S. Truman unexpectedly became president in the final months of World War II. President Truman went on to lead our nation through eight of the most explosive years in history—establishing postwar peace, desegregating the military, recognizing the state of Israel and launching the Korean War.

Harry S. Truman: Kansas City’s Commander in Chief explores the challenges Truman faced, the decisions he made to shape our democracy, and the milestones that sealed his place in history as one of our nation’s greatest Presidents. Discover Truman’s life in Kansas City through photographs, documents, and a downtown walking tour, and preview the renovations currently underway at the Truman Presidential Library and Museum.


Exhibit marking the Panama Canal's Centennial; organized and presented by the Truman Library Institute

Moving Mountains: The Panama Canal, Presidential Power, and the Dawn of the American Century

Presented by the Truman Library Institute

On Display at the Truman Forum Auditorium
Plaza Branch, Kansas City Public Library, 4801 Main St., Kansas City, MO
Free Admission

To mark the centennial anniversary of the Panama Canal’s completion, the Truman Library Institute has created and launched an original exhibition highlighting the presidential past of the isthmian passageway. Moving Mountains: The Panama Canal, Presidential Power and the Dawn of the American Century draws on the rich history preserved in our nation’s presidential archives – including the Truman Library – to share a story which is much broader than the creation of the Panama Canal. It is the story of America itself and the underlying spirit of achievement that has made this nation great.

The exhibition is on display at the Truman Forum, located within the Plaza Branch of the Kansas City Public Library.

Members enjoy free Museum admission, not only at the Harry S. Truman Library and Museum but all Presidential Libraries of the National Archives.

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