Truman Library model

INDEPENDENCE, MO (KCTV) -- A massive $25 million renovation to the Harry Truman Presidential Library and Museum starts this week.

Monday will be your last chance to visit before the work starts and it closes for about a year. There will be free admission into the museum.

There is going to be a complete transformation including new exhibits, new entrance and a new addition to the building.

In the new designs, the entire story of Truman’s life will be a permanent exhibit on the second floor.

The bottom floor will hold temporary changing exhibits that will give the museum the capability to host large traveling exhibits.

This will be the first significant renovation to the museum in almost 20 years. It will also be the largest one since Harry Truman himself cut the ribbon for the grand opening in 1957.

The Truman Institute hopes the new multimedia additions and interactive experiences they’re going to add will attract new audiences to come learn about America’s 33rd president.

“We’re lucky to have this presidential legacy,” said Kurt Graham, the library director. “This is one of the great legacies that people look back to. Republicans and Democrats, conservatives and liberals. Everybody loves Harry Truman. I always say it’s great to be in the Truman business because you can’t offend anyone. Everyone loves what he stood for and how he did what he did."

The Harry Truman home is also in Independence. It’s run by the National Park Service and will remain open for visitors. is now with you on the go! Get the latest news updates and video, StormTrack5 weather forecast, weather radar, special investigative reports, sports headlines and much more from KCTV5 News. 

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