A Presidential legacy in Yorba Linda – the Nixon Library and Museum
Opened in 1990
It’s hard to believe that this July will mark 27 - years that the Richard Nixon Library and Museum opened in Yorba Linda. Both Bob Hope and Henry Kissinger were on hand with Nixon, along with former presidents Reagan, Ford and then-President George Bush, marking it the first time ever that four presidents had ever attended a public event. A crowd of 50,000 gathered for the ceremony and at the dedication Nixon said, "Nothing we have ever seen matches this moment–to be welcomed home again.”
(Richard Nixon died in 1994 and was laid to rest nearby his birthplace home, part of the complex, next to his wife Pat who died the year before.)
Over the years, the popular destination had continued to grow and evolve. In 2009 the federal government completed a $9 million archival warehouse at the location, making space for photos, gifts to the president and literally tens of millions of pages in documents and recently a $15 million museum overhaul was unveiled.
Things to see
There is a remarkable array of artifacts and historic items for visitors to see, including Nixon Presidential Materials (textual, photographs, sound and moving images), Nixon White House Tapes, Nixon pre and post Presidential Materials, as well as the actual museum, birthplace, and even the presidential helicopter.
The birthplace was constructed by Nixon’s father and is restored to just how it appeared in 1910, three years before Nixon’s birth.
The helicopter in particular represents one of the great presidential artifacts in the country. It was located and secured by Lieutenant Colonel Gene Boyer, Nixon's chief helicopter pilot. The VH-3A "Sea King" was in the fleet from 1961 to 1976, transporting Presidents Kennedy, Johnson, Nixon, Ford, and many foreign heads of state and government. Boyer famously flew President Nixon on his final flight from the White House in this aircraft.
The Richard Nixon Library and Museum is a beautifully designed complex that offers visitors an honest, unfiltered view of one of the more tumultuous administrations in history. Just a short 20-minute drive from Anaheim, it’s a must-consider site for many visitors.
- Monday-Saturday from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
- Sundays from 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
- The Museum is closed on Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day, and New Year's Day.
- Adults: $16
- Seniors (62+): $12
- College/Student: $10
- Military Retired: $10
- Military Active: Free
- Youth: $10
- Children: $6 (ages 5-11)
- Children under 4 yrs: Free
Other discounts offered:
- Richard M. Nixon Library Membership: Free
- Triple AAA: $2 off
- Rack Cards: $1 off
- Adults - Docent Guided: $18
- Seniors - Docent Guided: $14
- Group Rates - 15 ppl+ (non-Docent Guided): $14
- Education Tours: Free