Located in Simi Valley, California, the Ronald Reagan Library and Center for Public Affairs captures the historical significance of several events that unfolded during the administration of the 40th President of the United States. Designed by the renowned architecture firm Hugh Stubbins and Associates, the library sits about 40 miles northwest of downtown Los Angeles, CA.
Overview of the Library
As mandated by the Presidential Records Act, the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library holds more than 50 million pages of presidential documents, about 1.6 million photographs, and 500,000 feet of motion picture cinematography. Not only has the Reagan Library secured the most vital presidential records, it also has secured thousands of audio and videotapes from the 40th president’s movie career and the personal documents from his eight-year tenure as the Governor of California.
Visitors to the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library begin tours by walking through the early years of his life. The library presents Reagan’s life during childhood, his military career, and his movie career. The Citizen Governor gallery presents President Reagan’s “A Time for Choosing” speech, which many political analysts believe catapulted the aspiring politician onto the national stage. Visitors view artifacts from his 1980 and 1984 presidential campaigns, as well as the suit the 40th President wore on inauguration day. A table from the White House Situation Room accompanies footage from the attempt made on Reagan’s life in 1981
As you walk through the presidential library, you pass several galleries that commemorate some of the most volatile moments in American history. As one of the most powerful speeches made by any American President, the “Mr. Gorbachev, tear down this wall” speech still reverberates in Europe and the United States. After the poignant presentation of the critical moments of the Reagan administration, visitors walk past galleries that depict Ronald Reagan’s passion for his west coast version of the presidential retreat on a ranch in Southern California.
Limited Time Exhibits
The Ronald Reagan Presidential Library also displays limited time exhibits highlighting the unique events that defined his presidency. Until January 7, 2018, visitors to the largest federally operated presidential library can view artifacts collected from the Titanic, which a team of researchers discovered over the North Atlantic during Reagan’s first term. Personal items collected from passengers on the doomed ship produce a historical exhibit for the ages. The 10,000 square-foot exhibition includes the props used in the making of the blockbuster 1997 Hollywood megahit. In 1986, President Reagan signed the RMS Titanic Memorial Act to preserve the crash site as an international maritime memorial.
Located at 40 Presidential Drive in Simi Valley, California, the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library is a must visit attraction for Holiday Inn Burbank guests who want to know more about one of the most influential presidents in American history. The presidential library opens at 10am and closes at 5pm seven days per week, except on Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day, and New Year’s Day. Take Interstate 5 north until you reach the Ronald Reagan Freeway (State Route 118). Travel west for about 12 miles and then exit on Madera Road south to reach Ronald Reagan Presidential Library.