The Richard Nixon Library & Museum in Yorba Linda, CA

18001 Yorba Linda Blvd. Yorba Linda , CA 92886
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Overview

Richard Nixon’s presidency and administration were intricately documented. As a result, the Nixon Presidential Materials Collection includes thousands upon thousands of documents, recordings, video broadcasts, photographs, and film. Browse this collection along with other exhibits, spaces, and galleries at the Richard Nixon Library and Museum.

Good To Know

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  • Experience 22 unique galleries, exhibits, and spaces dedicated to Nixon’s presidency.
  • The museum is open Monday through Sunday until 5:00 pm.
  • Discover 30 multimedia experiences, 11 films, 70 exhibits, and 300+ artifacts.
  • Climb aboard Army One - the presidential helicopter used by Nixon and other former presidents.
  • Stroll through the Pat Nixon Gardens during your visit.

Description

from The Richard Nixon Library & Museum
Richard Nixon’s Presidency is one of the most exhaustively documented administrations in American history. The Nixon Presidential Materials Collection contains approximately 46 million pages of documents, 3,700 hours of recorded Presidential conversations known as the “White House Tapes”, 4,000 separate recordings of broadcast video, nearly 4,500 audio recordings, 300,000 still photographs, two million feet of film, and more than 35,000 State and Public Gifts.

Our Mission
The Richard Nixon Presidential Library and Museum is one of 13 presidential libraries administered by the National Archives and Records Administration's Office of Presidential Libraries in College Park, Maryland.

The Nixon Library's primary mission is to educate and inform. We serve the public interest by displaying in our permanent and temporary galleries, and preserving and making available for research online and through our on-site research operation, the documents and audiovisual materials of President Nixon's life and times. Through the work of our archive, museum, education, and public programming teams, we present an educational, cultural, and historical resource for local and international visitors, as well as our global research community. We assist all those who search for knowledge and understanding of the 37th President of the United States, his administration, and his ongoing impact on the world.

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619jeffry
Essendon, Australia
"The man who couldn't face the truth"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed June 03, 2020
Richard M. Nixon is a much under estimated man. His cover-up of the Wastergate burglars destroyed his presidency. Many people still can't work out whaat the fuss was about. This library and museum has many fascinating exhibits, including his childhood home -- a kit home. If you are in the area, this library is certainly worth a visit. If you need any guidance, the docents wikll be happy to help. If you have any questions, they have heard them all before.
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Meceebee
Michigan
"Great history lesson"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed March 07, 2020
Fun times and great history lesson! The staff were very helpful and informative. It wasn’t busy at all and lots of time. Took us about 3 hours.
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AntininoT
Toronto, Canada
"Extraordinary and informative!"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed March 05, 2020
This was one of the highlights of our trip to the San Clemente, California area. This Presidential Library is very educational. The exhibits in every room are simply outstanding, especially the exact replica of the Oval Office and President Nixon’s original boyhood home, situated directly on its original site. By the time one leaves, one has a new perspective and respect for this era and this President.
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Buzzard100
Santa Cruz, California
"“All the Presidential Libraries - a Must See”"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed February 24, 2020
This is my third Presidential Library visit this year. Hoover, Lincoln and Nixon. Each of these visits have resulted in a deeper appreciation of the talents and flaws of each of these men. I feel it is essential to the survival of our democracy that we both understand and learn from our history. Nixon did some brilliant things - Title IX, the Clean Air Act, War on Cancer, All Volunteer Force, relations with China. And then all this bad stuff - paranoid, insecure and coverup of Watergate. Especially important - in my view - in this challenging time in our democracy. The Library is well laid out, accessible and a must see for all a Americans who have the opportunity. Allow 2-3 hours. Well worth your time!
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Nostalgiyeah
Bellevue, Washington
"Informative visit to a beautiful Presidential Museum!"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed February 22, 2020
Turned out to be a memorable and informative visit for me. The Nixon Presidential Library and Museum not only holds the displays and artifacts during the time related to the time in office of President Nixon, but also includes his childhood home (which has been restored) and also the Army One helicopter used by four presidents, including Richard Nixon. The emphasis of the museum is, as expected, surrounding the life and circumstances of Richard Nixon when he was in office. There are exhibits about his childhood years, time in the military and his terms as a Senator and as the Vice President under President Eisenhower as well. The exhibits in the museum are divided into sections and are quite lucid and detailed. At the beginning, there is an exhibit about Vietnam war and how Nixon won the 1968 Presidential election promising to reduce the number of American troops in Vietnam and how he went about achieving that. Substantial emphasis is given to foreign policy under Nixon and probably one of the most important exhibits is the famous China trip of President Nixon. The exhibit details the back channel negotiations prior to the trip, the flight to China, the days of the visit and its impact on Sino-American relations. His visit to Moscow and impact on the Soviet-US relations are also documented as well. There are also exhibits dedicated to domestic affairs during the Nixon administration like establishment of the EPA, ending of military draft and lowering of voting age to 18. He was the President during a significant portion of NASA's Apollo space program (including moon landings). Other exhibits included the Middle East, Nixon Presidential campaigns and his vice presidency. But arguably one of the largest exhibit, is the coverage of Watergate scandal and how that consumed his presidency. Another thing I found insightful is the coverage of First Lady Pat Nixon, which did justice to her role in the Nixon presidency. There is a replica of the Oval Office in the White House inside the museum. This museum is also the final resting place of Richard Nixon and Pat Nixon, in the midst of a beautiful and picturesque rose garden.
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Frequently Asked Questions about The Richard Nixon Library & Museum

What are the museum hours of operation?
The museum is open Monday through Saturday from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm and Sunday from 11:00 am to 5:00 pm.

Can I go inside the Presidential Helicopter?
Yes. However, weather conditions such as rain, extreme heat, and wind may cause the helicopter to be closed to guests.

Is the Presidential Limousine on display?
Not at the moment. It currently resides at the Petersen Automotive Museum in Los Angeles, California.

Where is the museum located?
The address is 18001 Yorba Linda Boulevard, Yorba Linda, California, 92886.

Are tours available?
Yes. Docent-led group tours are available for an additional fee.