Abilene's Eisenhower Presidential Library and Museum will soon begin receiving a complete redesign of its museum.
That tourist attraction — which includes the boyhood home of Dwight D. Eisenhower, who served from 1953 to 1961 as the nation's 34th president — announced in a news release this past week that its museum exhibits beginning May 14 would be temporarily housed in the library building while the museum gets a new look. The project is expected to take 12 months.
"This is an exciting time for all of us," said Dawn Hammatt, director of the library and museum. "With new scholarship and technology, the redesign will offer visitors many reasons to keep coming back. Ike and Mamie deserve the best and that is our goal."
Marie "Mamie" Eisenhower was Eisenhower's wife.
The redesign project will encompass the museum's entire 25,000-square-foot exhibit space and was made possible by a multimillion-dollar fundraising campaign by the Eisenhower Foundation, the news release said.
"We are so grateful for our partnership with the Eisenhower Foundation," Hammatt said. "They have worked very hard raising funds from private donors to make this project a reality. We are also pleased to receive federal funding for much needed structural improvements for accessibility and public amenities."
The Eisenhower Presidential Library will maintain regular operating hours during the project. The site is open from 9 a.m. to 4:45 p.m. daily, and from 8 a.m. to 5:45 p.m. in June and July.
Guided tours of Eisenhower's boyhood home are offered every 15 minutes, with the last tour begininng at 4:30 p.m. daily. Increased public programs and activities will be scheduled through the duration of the museum project, the news release said.