ABC News(YORBA LINDA, Calif.) — History buffs have a new reason to visit the Nixon Library and Museum.
For the past year, the facility, which is also the final resting place of the late President Richard Nixon and his wife, Pat, has been closed while it underwent a $15 million renovation, and Friday, it opens to the public for the first time.
However, on Thursday, Nixon’s grandson, Christopher Nixon Cox, gave ABC News a preview of what visitors can expect.
“We just really hope that this is a place where people can come and learn about [his] full record,” Nixon Cox told ABC News. “You’ll see a Richard Nixon that’s maybe a little bit different than what you expected and then maybe the record as a whole is something you’ll walk away from with a positive experience. And that’s really what we’re hoping for: that people will really look at that record in totality and have a new appreciation and a deeper appreciation for Richard Nixon.”
The Library and Museum, located in Nixon’s hometown of Yorba Linda, California, features a to-scale replica of the late president’s Oval Office, as well as new exhibits focused on his foreign and domestic policies, among other topics.
On Friday morning, members of Nixon’s family, including his brother Ed Nixon and his daughter Tricia Nixon Cox, will be on-hand for the 11 a.m. opening, as well Dr. Henry Kissinger and former California Gov. Pete Wilson.
For a preview of what to expect, watch Nixon Cox’s tour below.
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