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A visit to the Ronald Reagan Library plays out like a trip through a movie set

No matter what side of the political fence you sit on, if you care at all about history, a trip to the newly-renovated Ronald Reagan Presidential Library and Museum is a must. Strolling around the 125,000 square-foot facility plays out like a script from epic film with a cast of thousands and extravagant sound stages and props. See for yourself…

A Ronald Reagan memorial
A Ronald Reagan memorial
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A fashionable First Lady on display
Photo by Chad Buchanan/Getty Images

EXT: Camera pans over an architecturally stunning building perched on a mountaintop with breathtaking views of the Simi Valley. Focus on courtyard scene with hacienda style pitched roof, live oaks, and a Remington-style bronze likeness of Ronald Reagan.

INT: Air Force One, the Boeing 707 President Reagan used during his eight-year term, noticeably less luxurious than the equipment used by our current President, but impeccably preserved.

The Set: Exhibits vividly tracing the life and times of our charismatic 40th President from childhood to the Oval Office.

Special Effects: A replica of the Reagan family kitchen in Dixon, Illinois; yearbooks, awards and memorabilia of Reagan the high school and college years. Glass display cases housing the tailored gray suit worn by Nancy at her wedding to Ronald Reagan, stunning jewelry gifted by heads of State, Nancy’s inauguration gown and other gorgeous designer outfits along with 100,000 additional presidential gifts and 50 million pages of official papers. The 100-year-old Ronald Reagan Pub imported from Ballyporeen, Ireland, a 1965 Mustang the President borrowed during his 1966 California Gubernatorial campaign.

The Ronald Reagan Memorial Library is located at 40 Presidential Drive, Simi Valley, 800-410-8354, www.reaganlibrary.com, open from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m. daily except Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Years Day. General admission costs $16, $13 for seniors, and $9 for children under 17. Parking is complimentary.

The museum is ideal for school children eager to see history in the making and learn more about the former actor turned national leader and his wife.