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There was a great display of various foreign leaders who Nixon respected.
Nixon Presidential Library & Museum
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18001 Yorba Linda Blvd., Yorba Linda, CA 92886
Open Monday-Saturday 10am-5pm & Sunday 11:00am-5:00pm
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The Richard Nixon Presidential Library and Museum contains the official papers, photographs and other records associated with Richard Nixon’s administration as the 37th President of the United States. In addition to the records and research areas, there is a museum, the graves of President Nixon and his wife, flower gardens, a gift shop and a small cafe. The 9 acre complex is located on the site of Nixon’s boyhood home, which has been restored and is open to tour.
The library opened in 1990. In 2004, a 47,000 square foot expansion was completed and added a replica of the White House East Room as well as special exhibits space. In 2007 the National Archives was invited to manage the facility, which up to that point had been overseen by a private foundation. Critics had faulted the foundation for glossing over the Watergate Scandal in the museum. In 2010 a new and expanded Watergate section was installed to address this.
The initial plan had been to visit for a few hours which is typically enough time for a presidential library. A docent was offering a free one hour guided tour at the time. This type of tour along with the orientation movie offers a reasonable museum overview, but to see the exhibits in a more meaningful way, you should plan to spend at least half a day and should stay a full day if you want to see displays in detail. From his humble beginnings to the pinnacle of power, Richard Nixon lived a rich life, and the museum presents well his milestones and accomplishments. Some of the more interesting displays (and there were many) included the Alger Hiss investigation, the Nixon Kennedy debates, various gifts and most especially the Watergate section, which was both riveting and a bit disturbing when one listens to Nixon on White House recordings. Those interested in history and government will find this library to be an excellent choice. For others, presidential gifts and the boyhood home may have some appeal. The full-scale replica of the White House East Room may be the closest you will ever get to seeing this famous room unless you are politically connected. The helicopter Nixon took after resigning also is worth a visit.
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