Harry S. Truman, the 33rd President of the United States, made his home in Independence, Missouri, as a young man. This historic site invites visitors to explore and experience many fascinating aspects of Present Truman’s adult life. Visitors have the opportunity to closely examine the lifestyle of a president who helped usher the United States into the global sphere as an emerging world power.
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The visitor center welcomes visitors daily to browse the bookstore, walk through exhibits featuring family treasures, and view an orientation film about President Truman’s life. The visitor center is also where you can purchase tickets to tour the Truman Home. Located at 223 N. Main Street, the visitor center is open Sunday through Saturday, 8:30am to 5:00pm.
The Truman Home, perhaps the most beautiful highlight of the historic site, is where President Truman lived with his wife Elizabeth (Bess) Wallace Truman from 1919 until his death in 1972. Built in 1867 by Bess Truman’s maternal grandfather, the two-story Victorian home is over 8,000 square feet in size and features 14 beautiful rooms.
Literally thousands of artifacts are on display! This lovely home, the pride of Independence, exhibits the elegant yet simple lifestyle enjoyed by Harry and Bess Truman for the many years surrounding his presidency.
The Truman Home was a true family home, as the couple lived with Bess’ mother and grandmother and her two brothers built homes on the grounds behind the home. Her brothers’ homes, the Wallace Homes, are part of the historic site but are not open to the public. However, the Noland Home, the nearby home of Harry’s cousins and where he first laid eyes on Bess, is open daily to visitors.
Hours of Operation
The Truman Home address is 219 N. Delaware Street. Guided tours are available daily (Sunday through Saturday), except some Mondays*, from 9:00am to 4:00pm, or slightly later, depending on available touring staff.
Tickets to the Truman Home are $5 each; children aged 15 and under are free. Tickets are first-come, first-served, so it’s best to arrive early.
*The Truman Home is closed Mondays between November 1 and Memorial Day.
Truman Farm – Grandview, MO
This spacious family farm in Grandview, about 20 miles from Independence, is open for free self-guided tours all year round, Sunday through Saturday, sunrise to sunset.The Truman Farm Home is not open to the public.
Artifacts and Curriculum Materials
The Harry S. Truman National Historic Site website (see link below) boasts an impressive online exhibit of a selection from among over 50,000 preserved artifacts. The online exhibit highlights an “Artifact of the Month.” The many preserved artifacts are mostly inaccessible to the touring public and are maintained in the storage areas of the Truman Home as well as off site. In addition to exhibiting selected artifacts, the website features classroom curriculum and information for teachers and others interested in planning field trips.
223 North Main Street, Independence, MO 64050, Phone: 816-254-9929