Wednesday, July 18, 2012

All aboard Air Force One at the Reagan Library & Museum...

Yesterday I ventured to a far away land (well for me anyway) and to the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library & Museum in Simi Valley.

President Reagan's Air Force One plane
President Reagan Air Force One
Air Force One Reagan Museum
Even though the main purpose of my visit was to take in the costume and prop delights of The Treasures of the Walt Disney Archives, one of the highlights of my visit was having a chance to snoop aboard the Air Force One plane that President Reagan, his wife and staff travelled in.
Air Force One Reagan Museum
Air Force One Reagan Museum
I was surprised at how small a space it seemed inside and I'm sure President Obama's Air Force One these days is much bigger and more luxurious, especially with the advantages of modern technology (or maybe I've just seen one too many political TV shows and movies which gives that impression).

Recreation of President Reagan's Oval Office interior
President Reagan Oval Office
President Reagan Oval Office
Another interesting find at the museum was this recreation of the look of President Reagan's Oval Office during his term, as every president can decorate and personalize the space how they like.
President Reagan Oval Office
Even though I lived in the U.K., I grew up during the Reagan era, when him and Margaret Thatcher were great friend and allies, so looking through the museum struck a real chord with the history and political milestones from my childhood.

Nancy Reagan Dresses on display
Nancy Reagan gowns
Nancy Reagan dresses
The museum itself is really well presented and aside from the historical significance there are some cool things to see like outfits worn by Nancy Reagan for official functions and more besides. If you have an interest in politics or history you'd really enjoy spending some time there.

Treasures of the Walt Disney Archives exhibit
Treasures Walt Disney Archives Reagan Library
101 102 Dalmatians movie costumes
As I mentioned earlier, my main mission was to peruse the fantastic movie memorabilia within the Treasures of the Walt Disney Archives exhibit, which had some real cinematic gems on display, like these amazing costumes worn by Glenn Close as 'Cruella de Vil' in the live-action 101 and 102 Dalmatians movies.

Be sure to check out my Hollywood Movie Costumes and Props blog in the days and weeks to some for even more delights from the big screen.

Piece of the Berlin Wall at the Ronald Reagan Library & Museum
Berlin Wall Reagan Museum
Berlin Wall piece Reagan Museum
Berlin Wall Reagan Museum
After enjoying the exhibits inside the library and museum I ventured outside and chanced upon this amazing piece of the fallen Berlin Wall, which Ronald Reagan was instrumental in bringing down when he challenged Russia's Mikhail Gorbachev to tear down the wall in June 1987.

In addition to this piece of Communist history, there's also some spectacular views of the surrounding area to be seen around the museum.

Valley views from the museum
Ronald Reagan Museum grounds
View from Ronald Reagan Museum
Ronald Reagan Museum view
At the very end of the Disney Treasures exhibit you'll find this Hall of Presidents display, which comprises sculpted Presidential busts created for the audio-animatronic attraction at Walt Disney World's Liberty Square in Magic Kingdom.

Walt Disney World's Liberty Square Hall of Presidents heads
Hall of Presidents busts
Disney Hall of Presidents busts
I thought it only fitting to end my account of my visit to the Reagan Library & Museum by finishing with America's current President, Barack Obama.
Hall of Presidents Obama bust
He's trying his best to make a real change for the U.S. in terms of the economy, health and equality, so let's hope he makes a second term as President.

He has my vote (if I could) anyway...

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