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What You'll Get
History museums give you a glimpse into a different era. Partake in the past with this Groupon.
$18 for a One-Year Family Level Museum Membership ($50 Value)
- Unlimited museum admission for four
- Unlimited complimentary admission to all 13 National Archives–administered Presidential Museums
- Subscription to Whistle Stop magazine
- Invitations to members-only events and exhibit openings
- One free gift from the museum store and 10% off all store purchases.<p>
The Family Level museum membership gives yearlong VIP access to internationally-acclaimed museum exhibits, public programs and special events offered by the Harry S. Truman Library and Museum and Truman Library Institute. Museum highlights include, “Harry S. Truman: The Presidential Years,” a replica of the Oval Office and President Truman’s working office, “Harry S. Truman: Life and Times,” grave sites of President and Mrs. Truman, and a 45-minute film on Harry S. Truman made by award-winning film maker Charles Guggenheim. Museum members will also receive 10% off all purchasers in the Musuem Store. <p>
The Fine Print
Promotional value expires Dec 31, 2012. Amount paid never expires. Limit 1 per person. Valid for new members only; new and current members may also buy up to 6 gift memberships. Museum membership is valid through the Harry S. Truman Library Institute, the nonprofit partner of the Harry S. Truman Library and Museum. Must activate membership by 12/31/12. Merchant is solely responsible to purchasers for the care and quality of the advertised goods and services.
About Harry S. Truman Library & Museum
In July 1957, former President Harry S. Truman took his first walk to the newly opened Harry S. Truman Library & Museum and took a seat in his private office. Here he wrote his memoirs; welcomed celebrities, statesmen and presidential hopefuls; trained the first museum docents; greeted schoolchildren; and recorded a welcome message for the Oval Office exhibit that continues to greet visitors. Visitors to the historic archives can see this private space and step into a nearly exact replica of the Oval Office—the construction of which Truman oversaw—as well as the original The Buck Stops Here sign.
Throughout the museum, exhibits feature some of the archives' 30,000 photographs, letters, political memorabilia, and Truman-family possessions. In the first room of The Presidential Years, visitors watch a short film on the president's early life and senatorial career. They then pass through rooms filled with artifacts and multimedia displays focused on global issues that Truman faced: the end of WWII, the formation of NATO, and the beginnings of the Cold War. Inside two interactive auditoriums, audiences step into the president's role and vote on many of the issues he faced, such as the 1948 election, Cold War spies, and whether to throw his next birthday party on an aircraft carrier. In Harry S. Truman: His Life and Times, children explore Truman's pre-presidential years and courtship with his wife through electronic driving games, historical quizzes, and a craft table where they can make their own campaign buttons. They can also inspect artifacts such as a WWI cannon and the president's 1940s car.
The exhibits also touch on and buttress the greater American story. Over the museum’s entryway sprawls Independence and the Opening of the West, a 495-square-foot town-history mural created by Missouri native Thomas Hart Benton. Members are invited to annual events such as the Presidential Wreath Laying Ceremony, Veterans Day Celebration, Members Night at the Museum, Bess's Tea and more. And members are always admitted free to monthly Talkin' Truman programs with the museum's curators and archivists.