So here’s the deal: I am not a fan of Ronald Reagan. I am too young to experience his time as our President but with enough reading material on him (NEUTRAL I might add) I have a good opinion on the guy. But regardless of how you feel about him he was still one of our leaders; especially in an age where the country almost went into another tailspin. So, for good or ill on HOW he did it, he certainly has a legacy that we all still feel today.
One of the major hotspots my parents wanted to see while visiting me was The Ronald Reagan Presidential Library. Again, regardless how you feel on the man I have to say: The guy has a hell of a museum decided to his legacy. It might twist some of the facts around and is way too positive at some points for my liking. But overall it was an enjoyable visit. Hell, the views alone in Simi Valley are worth the price of admission. So below are a few highlights of the building and its surrounding vistas. Take your political views out the door and just enjoy what this museum has to offer.
Kind of a creepy statue of Reagan
A better, more lifelike portrait of Reagan
Some items from Reagan’s time at Eureka College
Some costumes Reagan wore as his time as an actor
Memorabilia from Reagan’s time as a Governor
Some buttons and other slogans from the 1980 Election
Memorabilia from the Iran Hostage Crisis
Suit and Dress both Reagan and Nancy wore during the inauguration
The suit Reagan wore when John Hinckley’s assassination attempt. You can see the hole towards the middle of the suit where Ronald was shot.
Recreation of the Oval Office of when Reagan was President
Various gifts from world leaders given to Reagan
Various items to advertise Nancy Reagan’s “Just Say No!” campaign
One of Reagan’s helicopters
Various sattles and buckles for when Reagan was at his ranch
One of the cars Reagan would drive around in
Air Force One. The model that Reagan would fly in throughout his term. (But also used from JFK all the way up to George W. Bush)
Sadly we could not take pictures inside of the plane but there are a ton of pictures and other items that would have been used on the plane
More of Simi Valley. The man had some taste in land that’s for sure.
My Mother enjoyed the view that’s for sure
So did I
To end this post here is my favorite Reagan item in the whole museum:
Hey, if there is a photo of Ronald Reagan surfing I would change my stance on him politically in a heartbeat.