We had a special reason for our latest visit to the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library and Museum. It was to see the Vatican Splendors Exhibition currently on show there.
This special exhibition showed Vatican history, historical artifacts dating back to Roman times, and the closer relationship developed between the United States and the Vatican during Reagan's presidency.
Also while we had heard and read much about the addition of Air Force One the Pavilion actually seeing it was most impressive. It includes the Marine One helicopter and vehicles of a Presidential motorcade enclosed in a giant glass enclosure that offers spectacular views of the surrounding mountains. We boarded both Air Force One and the Helicopter and had our photo taken at each. The plane on display served Reagan and six other presidents,
Location alone is always a special treat as it has been built on top of a mountain with commanding views in every direction including the Pacific Ocean. On this visit we made it a full day's outing with time out for lunch at Reagan's Country Cafe which also includes a Ronald Reagan Pub.
Twenty four galleries tell the story of Ronald Reagan's life before the Presidency and much of the personal relationship of he and his wife, Nancy. With her death earlier this year she now is buried next to her husband at the Library. We always enjoy looking at the perfect replica of the Oval Office at the White House and the place of business for so many presidents.
The Ronald Reagan Presidential Library and Museum is located at 40 Presidential Drive, Simi Valley, Ca. Phone 1 805 577-4000. It is open daily from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. web www.reaganlibrary.gov. There is an admission fee for visits to the galleries.
The Reagan Country Cafe is open from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. daily.