President’s Day is a national holiday that many people have off during the month of February. While this day is normally a simple blip on the radar, there are so many things you can do as a family to celebrate this holiday. One incredible opportunity can be to take a vacation to one of the Presidential Museums located throughout the US. Each one of these museums is different. And one of them may interest your family more than all the others. If you are looking to take a family vacation in February, or any other month of the year, one of these museums may be high up on your list of things to do.
Everyone has heard about John F Kennedy, so don’t be surprised if your children actually appear happy to visit this Presidential Museum. While this museum did not open until after JFKs death, it was his idea to open a Presidential Library and Museum. In fact, he started the process on September 20, 1961.
Your time at this Presidential Museum will begin by learning about Kennedy’s early years. From there, you will experience the 1960 Presidential Election, Kennedy’s Inauguration, and the beginning of the Peace Corps. Everyone will love wandering around the US Space Program exhibit.
However, you may be more intrigued with the items that were inside Kennedy’s Oval Office and the exhibit dedicated to his wife, Jacqueline Bouvier Kennedy. Special exhibits are also introduced throughout the year and are rotated, so you can always see something new during your visit.
Ronald Reagan did not begin his career in the public eye serving the people of this country. Instead, he was an actor and broadcaster who loved being on his ranch with his wife and horses. Of course, it wasn’t long before he chose to run for Governor of California and eventually President of the United States.
There are twenty galleries filled with memorabilia highlighting the life of Ronald Reagan. One of the more popular exhibits is the recreated Oval Office from Reagan’s presidency. However, you won’t want to discount the exhibit on Reagan’s assassination attempt, the First Lady, Camp David and Rancho del Cielo, and the Berlin Wall. The Air Force One Pavilion will definitely be a hit with your entire family. Although, I won’t judge you if you decide to let the kids wander around while you enjoy a drink at the Ronald Reagan Pub. Just understand that you will miss walking around the airplane and the Marine One helicopter.
The Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum did not open right after Lincoln’s assassination. Instead, it wasn’t until 2005 that the public could explore the exhibits that share Lincoln’s life. This Presidential Museum also has living history stations and live performances to ensure visitors truly understand the history of this President’s life.
I recommend your family begins by exploring Lincoln’s boyhood years in the state of Kentucky. Of course, Lincoln’s journey to the Presidency is a major part of the exhibits in this Presidential Museum. The most powerful exhibit though is the one that features Lincoln’s assassination on April 14, 1865.
Everyone in your family will love the interactive exhibits within Mrs. Lincoln’s Attic. Just make sure you take the time to read some of Lincoln’s personal letters, as well as the Gettysburg Address. And family pictures can be taken in front of Union Station, which is across the street from this Presidential Museum.
Lyndon Johnson’s time as President began right after JFK was assassinated on November 22, 1963. This important time in history is shown in great detail within an exhibit at this Presidential Museum. You will love exploring the recreated Oval Office, Lady Bird Johnson’s Office, and the Great Hall exhibits. But your kids will prefer spending most of their time in front of the LBJ animatronic. This animated feature has LBJ sharing his stories in his own voice.
LBJ’s Presidential Limousine exhibit is also fascinating. This is the car Johnson used after his presidency. He had it custom built, although it was not bulletproof, armored, or bomb-proof.
At the FDR Library and Museum, the goal is to keep visitors engaged through interactive exhibits. Each interactive experience will take you through the Oval Office, before allowing your family to learn more about FDR’s Health, the Holocaust, and FDR’s Ford Phaeton.
The Map Room is exactly as the White House Map Room looked when FDR was President. After you have explored the museum and checked out the President and First Lady’s personal collections, you must spend time wandering around the grounds. You may also want to drive over to the home of Franklin D Roosevelt and Eleanor Roosevelt’s Val-Krill cottage. Both are National Historic Sites that will offer an additional glimpse into the Roosevelts’ lives.
These are some of the more impressive Presidential Museums that you can visit during a family vacation for President’s Day. You may have discovered one or two that you really want to visit, or you may have a different museum on your list.
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