RENOVATION TIMELINE

RENOVATION TIMELINE

The Harry S. Truman Presidential Library and Museum is currently under renovation. A new museum entrance and permanent exhibition are scheduled for completion this fall 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.

2020

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.

June 2020



Exhibit fabrication begins with wall treatments and scenic work in the WWII and Postwar World galleries.

May 2020




The museum lobby is completely enclosed with a glass façade featuring the presidential seal. Inside, the galleries get final coats of paint and carpet.

March 2020




The roof is added on the new museum entrance and the new gallery walls are prepped for paint.

February 2020



The renovation team travels to Nashville, Tennessee to review prototypes at the exhibit fabricator’s shop including labels, interactives, and scenic elements.

January 2020



The walls for the new museum entrance are built while the gallery walls of the new permanent Truman exhibition start to take shape.

2019

October 2019


Exterior demolition for the new museum entrance is complete. Inside, the new exhibit walls are laid out.

September 2019



The Thomas Hart Benton mural, Independence and the Opening of the West, is protected as demolition begins on the galleries and new museum entrance.

September 5, 2019

Missouri Governor Mike Parson, Archivist of the U.S. David Ferriero, Missouri State Senator John Rizzo, the president’s grandson Clifton Truman Daniel, and Independence Mayor Eileen Weir officially break ground on the construction project.

August 2019


Artifacts, including the presidential limousine, are placed in storage and exhibits are decommissioned.

July 23, 2019

The Truman Library closes to the public to prepare for renovations.

June 2019

The Truman Library and Truman Library Institute announce a $25-million renovation of the Truman Library and share a fly-through video of the plans.