Harry S Truman

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Welcome to the home of the 33rd President of the United States! Beautiful in its uncluttered commonness, the Truman Home showcases the simple life Harry Truman and his beloved Bess Truman enjoyed in Independence before, during, and after his presidency.
 

To tour the Truman Home at 219 N. Delaware you acquire free tickets in the park visitor center located at 223 N. Main St. Tours limited in size to no more than eight and are issued on a first-come, first-served basis. Tours available Wednesdays through Sundays. (Tour times are dependent on staffing. We recommend that you call ahead ((816)254-9929)) to inquire what tours are available for the day. All tours are first come, first served.)

Truman Home tours are 1/2 hour in length. Please note there is no seating inside the Home.


The Truman Farm in Grandview, Missouri is located at 12301 Blue Ridge Blvd. Grounds are open year-round for self-guided tours. Audio tour available onsite. The Truman Farm Home is presently open Fridays and Saturdays for tours. Check our calendar of events to see when Rangers will be at the Farm to tell you the story!

Free---But Tickets Required for Tours of the Truman Home - Free

Everyone touring the Truman home, including children, must have a ticket. Tours of the Truman Home are maximum 8 persons, no exceptions. All tickets are issued same day, first come, first served. Tickets issued only at the visitor center. No tickets are issued at the Truman Home itself, for protection of staff, visitors and resources. We cannot accept reservations at this time.

 

Harry S Truman National Historic Site

219 North Delaware Street (Truman Home)
223 North Main Street (Visitor Center)---Ticketing Location
Independence, MO 64050
 

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219 North Delaware Street...Then, and Now!

Black and white picture of 219 North Delaware Street, early 1900s Black and white picture of 219 North Delaware Street, early 1900s

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219 North Delaware Street/ The Gates Mansion
Credit: Truman Library

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219 North Delaware Street today
Credit: NPS

It was built by George Porterfield Gates, and was the home of Mr. and Mrs. Gates for years, as well as the home of the family of David W. Wallace for many years. In 1919, Harry S Truman started calling it home after he married the love of his life Bess Wallace Truman.

From 1945-1953, 219 North Delaware Street was the second most famous address in America.

Today, thanks to the generosity of Bess Wallace Truman, 219 North Delaware Street is yours. We only take care of it for you.

 
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      Photocopy of Bess Truman's will, specifying leaving her home to the American people.
      The Last Will and Testament of Bess Wallace Truman, page 1

      The Estate of Elizabeth Wallace Truman

      In her Last Will and Testament, First Lady Bess Wallace Truman gave the people of the United States a beautiful gift...her family's home and its contents. Technically, she left it to the care of the National Archives, who in turn asked the National Park Service to step in.

      When you visit today, you see the home almost exactly as it was.

      Thank you, Mrs. Truman.
       
       

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      A video is presented like a movie coming attractions preview. Harry S Truman National Historic Site...Harry Truman and Bess Wallace meet at a church when he was six, she was five. They graduate school together. He works on a farm. They court, marry in 1919. They didn't know it, but they had a destiny. Truman runs for local elective office, the US Senate, the Vice Presidency, the presidency in 1948. Their home is now your home.

      219 North Delaware Street.

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      It's more than a presidential home...it's one of America's greatest stories. No narration.

       

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      Last updated: May 17, 2024

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      Mailing Address:

      223 North Main Street (Visitor Center/ Truman Home Ticketing Station)
      Independence, MO 64050

      Phone:

      816-254-9929
      The park is open to the public Wednesdays-Sundays. The park is closed on Mondays and Tuesdays. Administrative staff work Monday-Friday. For Administration staff, please call (816) 254-2720, Mondays to Fridays, 8AM-4PM. All times central. (We like to call it Truman Time.)

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