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THE MUSEUM
Current Exhibitions

Current Exhibitions

 

Permanent Galleries

The Birthplace

The Helicopter

Upcoming Exhibitions

Past Exhibitions

September 2, 2017 to January 7, 2018  -

Picturing Nam: U.S. Military Photography of the Vietnam War

This exhibition presents America’s story of its involvement in the war through photographs depicting soldiers in many different aspects of the conflict. There are 45 framed photographs taken by military photographers with assignments to jungles and swamps, forward bases, hospital ships, rivers, and airbases. Also on display are images of President Nixon visiting Vietnam in 1969 as well as various documents from the archives dealing with his efforts to end the war.

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The Permanent Museum Galleries

The galleries reopened on October 14, 2016 after a $15 million renovation project funded entirely by private donations raised by the Nixon Foundation through the Richard Nixon Centennial Legacy Campaign.

Orientation Theater

The Wave of Change

The Oval Office

The Vietnam War

Domestic Policy Vision

Communism and the Cold War

First Lady Pat Nixon

The Week That Changed the World

Life in the White House

The Western White House

The Middle East

1972 Campaign and Victory

Watergate

Farewell Speech and Departure

Back to the Beginning and Early Years

Man In the Arena

The 1960 Campaign

The Lincoln Sitting Room

The Eagle's Nest

Nixon in Culture

Saying Goodbye

Epilogue

Beyond the Galleries

 

Orientation Theater

Visitors will begin their tour of the new museum by viewing a multi-media presentation that introduces Richard Nixon and his 50-year career in public service.

The Wave of Change

Vivid supergraphics stretch along curving walls as a barrage of sights and sounds brings to life some of the landmark events, people, and images of the years immediately preceding Richard Nixon’s election to the presidency. A large “Nixon’s the One” banner stretches overhead, pulling guests toward Nixon’s victory in the fall of 1968.

The Oval Office

A replica of President Nixon’s Oval Office offers guests an immersive exploration of the most famous office in the world, including an opportunity to sit behind the president’s desk and take a photo or selfie.

The Vietnam War

Guests are confronted with the situation in Vietnam, just as President Nixon was on January 20, 1969. Explore the contentious national conversation surrounding the Vietnam War and President Nixon’s actions and decisions. Artifacts and vivid images highlight the stories of the POWs as well as their celebrated homecomings.

Domestic Policy Vision

Discover the key ideas of Nixon’s overall domestic policy, including empowering state and local governments, reorganization of the federal government, and fiscal responsibility.

• The focus on the environment, creation of the EPA and passage of the Clean Air and Clean Water acts. Guests might be surprised to discover the remarkable legacy of environmental preservation that can be traced to Nixon's presidency.

• The declaration of a "War on Cancer," and a collection of graphics, images, text, and artifacts invite guests to explore Nixon's domestic policies in the field of healthcare.

• The relationship with the youth of America, in particular through legislation relating to Vietnam, the voting age, and the War on Drugs.

• Explore Nixon’s role in desegregating southern schools and forwarding the cause of civil rights.

Communism and the Cold War

A Soviet missile replica will provide a backdrop for this exhibit that explores the broader global issues of communism and the Cold War and their role in shaping President Nixon’s policy of détente. A large piece from the Berlin Wall highlights this iconic symbol of the split between the Communist and non-Communist worlds.

First Lady Pat Nixon

Guests will step into a space that explores Pat Nixon as an influential First Lady and America’s Ambassador of Goodwill. From her world travels to domestic initiatives, Pat Nixon shaped the ongoing progression of the role of the First Lady as an active, welcoming, and vital presence in the White House and throughout the world.

The Week That Changed the World

Stepping through an iconic moon gate portal, guests relive the historic handshake between Richard Nixon and Chinese Premier Zhou Enlai during the 1972 trip to the People’s Republic of China. Images, text, and artifacts explore the relationship between the U.S. and China, Nixon’s China initiative, the diplomacy that culminated in the trip, the events of the Nixons’ time in China, and the legacy of the “week that changed the world.” Guests will be able to pose for a photo on the Great Wall of China with President and Mrs. Nixon.

Life in the White House

An elegant space designed like a room in the White House highlights the First Family’s daily lives. An interactive experience invites guests to explore some of the events and entertaining that occurred in the Nixon White House, as well information on the Nixon family.

The Western White House

A re-creation of President Nixon’s study at La Casa Pacifica immerses guests in the life of the working Western White House in San Clemente.

The Middle East

Guests can explore images and artifacts highlighting Nixon's goals and achievements in the Middle East – most notably in regard to the Yom Kippur War – as well as how his policies in the region remain relevant today. Statues of Egyptian President Anwar Sadat and Israeli Prime Minister Golda Meir from the Library’s existing exhibits are displayed here.

1972 Campaign & Victory

Nixon’s landslide victory in the 1972 campaign provides a portal into the next gallery. A captured moment in time, scenic balloons hang frozen mid-fall above the path, and directly ahead guests see words from Nixon’s second inaugural address.

Watergate

The gallery helps guests make sense of the web of personalities, actions, and intentions at the heart of the Watergate scandal as it chronicles the events beginning in June 1971 with the leak of the Pentagon Papers and the formation of a clandestine White House group known as the Plumbers and ending with former President Richard Nixon’s public explanations of Watergate after he left office. The exhibition was originally created in 2011. Cosmetic updates integrate the exhibit into the design scheme of the new museum and technology upgrades enhance the visitor experience.

Farewell Speech and Departure

Guests step inside Army One on August 9, 1974, where they find the President and Mrs. Nixon sitting aboard. Media in the windows and an audioscape immerse guests in the Nixons' departure from the White House and transition guests back to Nixon's beginning.

Back to the Beginning and Early Years

Looking through the windows offers guests a serene view of the humble farmhouse where Richard Nixon was born and spent his earliest years. A gallery of displays and photos tells the story of Nixon’s family and childhood and service in World War II.

Man in the Arena

As guests leave behind Nixon’s early years and the story of how they prepared him for the many challenges that lay ahead, they step into a dynamic series of galleries capturing some of the peak moments of the future president’s ambitious career, including his time in Congress, the Fund Crisis of 1952, and the Vice Presidency.

The 1960 Campaign

Guests find themselves on a re-creation of the set for the Nixon/Kennedy debates. An old-fashioned television camera hulks in its place, and lights and microphones hang from above.

The Lincoln Sitting Room

Guests step out of the triumph of 1968 and into a replica of President Nixon’s favorite room in the White House.

The Eagle’s Nest

In a realistic re-creation of Nixon's New Jersey study, guests begin their exploration of Nixon's work as America’s Elder Statesman from 1974 to 1994.

Nixon in Culture

From books to film, television, drama, opera, and more, Richard Nixon left a lasting mark on American culture. In this fun display, guests can explore both Nixon's own contributions through his 10 books and others' interpretations of the man and his legacy in popular culture.

Saying Goodbye

A moving passageway offers displays on the deaths and funerals of Pat and Richard Nixon including video excerpts.

Epilogue

President Nixon’s own voice provides sparing words of inspiration to send guests onward.

The new museum also features:

● 70 new family-friendly exhibits with more than 300 original artifacts

● 30 unique multi-media experiences

● 11 original films

● 12 custom digital interactives

● 10 curated archival film sequences

● More than 600 photographs

● 8,000 square feet of wall murals

Beyond the Galleries

The campus also includes the President's Birthplace, the memorial sites of President and Mrs. Nixon, the presidential helicopter, the First Lady's Gardens, and a replica of the White House East Room.

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