Ronald Reagan Presidential Library

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The inner courtyard of the library.
The Ronald Reagan Presidential Library and Museum is the presidential library of Ronald Wilson Reagan, the 40th President of the United States. It is located in Simi Valley, California, a few miles north of Los Angeles and may be accessed by driving to the Olsen Road exit of California State Highway 23, which connects to the nearby Ronald Reagan Freeway, California State Highway 118. First opened in 1991, it was the largest of all presidential libraries until the dedication of the Bill Clinton Presidential Library in Little Rock, Arkansas on November 18, 2004, housing over 50 million pages of government records as well as a large collection of photographs and film. Contents include an eclectic assortment of Reagan memorabilia from both his presidency and his term as Governor of California. Various artifacts from Reagan's administration are stored there, including a chunk of the Berlin Wall, a deactivated nuclear missile, and a full-scale replica of the Oval Office on the last day of his presidency.
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Reagan's tomb at the library.

The Boeing 707 jet plane modified for presidential use that was in primarily in service as Air Force One during Reagan's administration--SAM 27000--is currently being readied for display onsite. This aircraft was primarily used by four other presidents: Richard Nixon during his second term, Gerald Ford, Jimmy Carter, and George H.W. Bush (Bush used it during his first year in office). The other 707 that flew as Air Force One--the one LBJ was sworn in as president aboard--is on display at the National Museum of the United States Air Force at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base near Dayton, Ohio. The jet is going to be part of a museum of presidential travel, located at the presidential library. Once the museum of presidential travel is dedicated, the Reagan Presidential Library will go back to being the largest of the presidential libraries.

On June 11, 2004, Reagan was buried following a sunset service on the library grounds following his state funeral in Washington.

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