The Harry S. Truman Presidential Library and Museum is currently under renovation. A new museum entrance and permanent exhibition are scheduled for a 2021 completion in celebration of the 75th anniversary of Truman’s ascension to the presidency. Check back here often for updates and sneak peeks before the grand reopening.
March 3, 2021
Another large artifact was moved into the galleries today after receiving conservation work during the renovation: “At the Beach of Scheveningen.” The people of the Netherlands gave the Hendrik Willem Mesdag painting to Truman in appreciation of America’s help during WWII and its aftermath.
February 10, 2021
The Library’s vehicle collection drove into their new exhibit locations on the lower level, including a 1914 farm buggy and a 1950 Lincoln Cosmopolitan limousine.
January 15, 2021
Exhibit panels and interactive flip books arrive in the galleries so visitors can step back in time to experience some Truman’s big decisions—recognition of Israel and desegregation of the military—as they unfolded.
January 4, 2021
The Kansas City Southern Gallery highlights Truman’s strategy for winning the electoral college in the 1948 election. A new interactive helps visitors learn more about the electoral college in 1948 and every presidential election since then.
December 15, 2020
Signs featuring the Library’s new logo prepare to welcome visitors to the museum’s new entrance. Inside, Truman’s signature leads the way to the new permanent exhibition.
November 20, 2020
A new multimedia experience examines the complexity of the Berlin Airlift. Using pucks to activate animations on a touchscreen, visitors can explore the difficulties of feeding and powering a city with supplies delivered by air.
October 29, 2020
Take a look behind the scenes as we continue to build, install, polish, and perfect the new museum.
October 12, 2020
With the state-of-the-art multimedia elements almost complete, the Truman story is coming to life in the new permanent exhibition: World War I immersive theatre, Hard Problems of Peace globe, Whistle Stop Campaign film, and Loyalty Oath interactive game.
September 17, 2020
One of the most important parts of the Truman Library is getting restored as part of the renovation project.
August 14, 2020
The new exhibit will bring visitors into the drama and complex decision making that filled the first months of Truman’s presidency. Get a preview of the struggles of war and the even harder work of peace.
August 3, 2020
Some of the exhibit’s signature pieces start to come to life: the Rubble Theatre featuring a war-torn Berlin, a recreation of a fuselage from the Berlin Airlift’s C-54 Skymaster, and the rear platform of the Whistle-stop Campaign’s Ferdinand Magellan.
July 20, 2020
The Library’s largest artifacts were moved into the galleries: a WWI French 75mm field gun and caisson, the White House beam that broke under Margaret’s piano, and the Buffalo Mantle from the State Dining Room.
July 14, 2020
Step inside the renovation with Dr. Kurt Graham to see the progress being made.
June 18, 2020
With construction on the exhibit galleries complete, the temporary protection is removed from the Thomas Hart Benton mural.
Exhibit fabrication begins with wall treatments and scenic work in the WWII and Postwar World galleries.
The museum lobby is completely enclosed with a glass façade featuring the presidential seal. Inside, the galleries get final coats of paint and carpet.
The roof is added on the new museum entrance and the new gallery walls are prepped for paint.
The renovation team travels to Nashville, Tennessee to review prototypes at the exhibit fabricator’s shop including labels, interactives, and scenic elements.
The walls for the new museum entrance are built while the gallery walls of the new permanent Truman exhibition start to take shape.
Exterior demolition for the new museum entrance is complete. Inside, the new exhibit walls are laid out.