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Harry S Truman National Historic Site

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Address: 223 N Main St, Independence, MO 64050-2804
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+1 816-254-9929
08:30 - 17:00
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President Harry S Truman took America from its traditional isolationism...

President Harry S Truman took America from its traditional isolationism into the age of international involvement. Despite his power, he never forgot where he came from. Today, visitors can experience the surroundings Truman knew as a young man of modest ambition through his political career and final years as a former president.

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I was pleasantly surprised. The tour is excellent and succinct. I did not know that this home is considered a national park. I also did not know that one purchases the ticket at... read more

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Saint Louis
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

I was pleasantly surprised. The tour is excellent and succinct. I did not know that this home is considered a national park. I also did not know that one purchases the ticket at the National Park Visitor Center located on Main Street by the town square, so be sure to obtain your ticket before you go to the house! There... More 

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Palatine, Illinois
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 66 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

The house has been preserved just as it was on Bess Truman's death. This means the house looks like it did in the 70's. Like many older people at a certain point they stopped spending money on the house as they didn't figure it mattered much. The park guide and I were the only ones in the house for the... More 

Thank bLiselotte
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Truman's home is gorgeous! You have to pay for a tour at the national park visitor center located 5 blocks from the house in Downtown Independence. Watch a short film about the house then tour the house. His hat, cane, and coat are still hanging where he left them.

Thank Raymond S
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Definitely a 'go to' Presidential Library and Home. Both are learning experiences for all things Harry Truman. The Library does have handicapped parking and an easy wheelchair accessible entrance. The Museum could use a small coffee shop to stop a moment, reflect, and continue. President Truman and his beloved Bess are buried in the Museum courtyard. Do stop a moment... More 

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Port Huron, Michigan
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 48 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We were fortunate to have a private tour of the home with a very knowledgeable NPS docent. The tour lasted about 45 minutes (although advertised as 30 minutes) because the docent took the time to answer so many of our questions. Really enjoyed this little tour. Harry and Bess appeared to have lived a very "average" life outside of the... More 

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

The stop 1st at the info center (to buy the entrance ticket) and view its movie, set up my visit. Just delightful! And kudos to NPS staff. Well done. So close (4 minute drive/easy parking) to the library/museum, if nothing drive by to see a beautiful home.

Thank ArgusD
Madison, Wisconsin
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 January 2017

Disappointed that we could not see more of the house. Have to stay on carpets, and there's no access to the 2nd floor.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 December 2016 via mobile

We went to the national monument, his home's and library. All four attractions were very interesting. Seeing his home and everything just as it was when he and his wife lived there was amazing. The park Ranger did an excellent job describing the life of Bess and President Truman. The AV presentation at the monument and library are very informative.... More 

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Winchester, KY, United States
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 November 2016

This is a wonderful place to see Truman's home and the neighborhood he knew so well. Goes a long way to demonstrate how American character got forged in patriotic Midwesterners.

Thank Daniel F
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 November 2016 via mobile

A very intimate look into the private life of a former President. Mr. Truman returned humbly to this quaint home after eight years in the White House. The house tour is led by a knowledgeable Park Ranger. No photography is allowed inside the house. This is a must see for those who love history, biography, and political science.

Thank Remington L

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