On land previously owned by his family, the Richard Nixon Library & Birthplace was dedicated on July 19, 1990. Nixon’s resignation following the Watergate scandal led to complications about ownership of the president’s papers. Therefore funding for the construction and operation of the Nixon Library came solely from private donations. The facility was initially operated by the Richard Nixon Foundation, but on July 11, 2007, it became the twelfth federally-operated presidential library. The museum was overhauled in 2016; my photos reflect the facility’s appearance in 2013.
A decorated U.S. Navy officer, Nixon was recruited by the Committee of 100 to run for a U.S. House seat in California in 1946.
The “Road to the Presidency” exhibit details Nixon’s road to the White House.
After serving as Vice-President for eight years, Nixon sought the presidency in 1960. Following his defeat, Nixon would not run for the White House again until 1968.
Nixon’s role in global affairs is reflected through the “World Leaders” exhibit and other exhibits that feature prominent aspects of his foreign policy.
During his presidency, Nixon enjoyed respites far from the West Wing.
One of the most controversial exhibits at the library is the “Watergate” exhibit, which details his eventual resignation from office.
The grounds of the library and museum cover nine acres, which allows for the inclusion of pieces that are too large for the building.