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Truman Presidential Library and Museum closes tomorrow during $25 million renovation

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Posted at 8:50 AM, Jul 22, 2019
and last updated 2019-07-22 11:04:52-04

INDEPENDENCE, Mo. — The Harry S. Truman Presidential Library and Museum will close for more than one year beginning Tuesday in order to complete a $25 million renovation project.

The renovations will include a new entrance to the museum on the east side of the building closer to the parking lot. The completed project will change the layout of the exhibits to add context to the artifacts and take you through Truman’s life in a more chronological order.

“It will put the entire Truman story in one smooth, flowing experience all on the main level. The lower level will be dedicated to rotating exhibits which will be visiting exhibits, things we bring in and exhibits curated from our own collection,” said Kurt Graham, the director of the Truman Presidential Library and Museum.

Admission to the museum is free Monday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. to give visitors one more chance to see the exhibits before its temporary closure.

The Truman Library Institute continues to raise money to pay for the renovations. It still needs about $2 million. For information on how to donate, click here.

The renovated museum should reopen in the fall of 2020.