A local must-see is the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library and Museum, located at 40 Presidential Drive, Simi Valley. With sweeping hilltop views of the surrounding valleys, this 100,000+ sq ft museum on 100 acres is incredible and quite interesting for all ages. There is a wealth of memorabilia and artifacts from throughout Reagan's life on display.
In February 2011, over 26,000 sq ft of new exhibits and dozens of interactive displays spanning Reagan's life were introduced. There are 24 galleries that pay tribute to our 40th President's life. You can act in a movie with Reagan, deliver his inaugural address with a teleprompter, set the table for a state dinner, learn about his economic policies in interactive games, read his handwritten diary, ride a horse alongside Reagan at Rancho del Cielo, and much more. There is also a full-scale Oval Office replica and a 9 1/2 foot, 6,300 lb section of the Berlin Wall on display.
Volunteer docents are very friendly, helpful and extremely knowledgeable, they are there to help guide you through your visit and answer your questions.
Exhibits as of July 2016 include: Intro Theater, Foundations of a Leader, GE Theater, Governor Years, Victory & Inauguration, Assassination Attempt, The Oval Office, First Lady, Berlin Wall, Rebuilding America, Threat Theater, Peace Through Strength, Summits, American Heroes, Ranch & Camp David, Post Presidency, Mourning Ronald Reagan, Legacy Theater, National Treasures Gallery, Mary Jane Wick Gallery (Special Exhibits) and the Air Force One Pavillion (1st Level: Marine One, 2nd Level: History of the Flying White House, Presidential Motorcade, 3rd Level: Flights of Freedom, Air Force One Theater, Board Air Force One). Outside is a decommissioned F-14 Tomcat, a replica of the White House Rose Garden, a piece of the Berlin Wall and President Reagan's Memorial Site.
The Air Force One Pavilion opened in October 2005. It features the actual Air Force One aircraft used from 1973 to 2001 and you can walk through aircraft when you visit the museum. There are also motorcade vehicles, helicopter and other items on display. Check out the video to see how stunning this pavilion is.
In addition to the permanent exhibits discussed above, there are always temporary exhibits on display. Check out the museum's website for details.
Dine at the Reagan Library! Reagan's Country Cafe offers panoramic views and is open to the public from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. daily, 7 days a week. You can access the cafe without entering the Museum. The Ronald Reagan Pub is located inside the Air Force One Pavilion and offers drinks and pre-packaged sandwiches and other items.
The museum is open daily from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. except Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year's Day. Parking is free of charge. Current admission costs as of June 2016 (higher than normal due to Vatican Splendors exhibit) are $29 for ages 18 to 61, $26 ages 62+, $19 ages 11 to 17 and $16 for ages 3 to 10. Children 2 and under are free. More information at www.reaganfoundation.org or by calling 805.577.4000.