The Ronald Reagan Presidential Library in Simi Valley is the repository of presidential records from the administration of Ronald Reagan, the 40th president of the United States, and the burial place of the president and first lady, Nancy Reagan. The Library contains 125,000 square feet of exhibits, including Air Force One and temporary galleries. You should allow 3-4 hours to enjoy all the galleries. The Library is designed to self-guide. For an additional $7.00, you can rent an audio-visual tour device featuring “Ronald Reagan: The Official App" – an audio/video tour of the Reagan Library. Over 50 audio stations, and the voices of President and Mrs. Reagan, enhance your Library visit.
The highlight (and our favorite exhibit) is the Air Force One Pavilion. This Flying White House, tail number 27000, served seven U.S Presidents from 1973 to 2001, including Presidents Nixon, Carter, Ford, Reagan, George H.W. Bush, Clinton and George W. Bush. For Ronald Reagan, this was the plane in which he hand-wrote many of his speeches, signed important legislation and even officially started the Daytona Beach, Florida NASCAR race via phone.
But the Air Force One Pavilion is about more than just his plane. View one of his presidential limousines and secret service suburbans as part of an exhibit on presidential motorcades. Experience the actual Irish pub from Ballyporeen, Ireland he visited on a diplomatic trip in 1984 which now sits within the Pavilion and serves as the Library’s snack shop. Explore a 120’ mural which represents all 22 aircraft that has ever flown a U.S. president. Walk around an actual Marine One helicopter that flew President Johnson.
The Air Force One Pavilion at the Reagan Library is one of Southern California’s “must-see” destinations!
Air Force One 27000 is on loan from the United States Air Force.
Outside, visit the F-117 Nighthawk Stealth Fighter, Berlin Wall section, replica of the South Lawn, and so much more!