The Harry S. Truman Library and Museum and the Truman Home in Independence have reopened now that the partial shutdown of the federal government has ended.
The Truman Library is extending the run of a special exhibit through the weekend.
“Benton and Truman: Legends of the Missouri Border” opened in March and was to run through Monday of this week, but the government shutdown closed the library on Oct. 1. Thomas Hart Benton was a famed painter and, like Truman, was from western Missouri. They were roughly the same age, and Benton and the 33rd president struck up a friendship late in life around the time Benton painted the mural, “Independence and the Opening of the West,” that shows prominently in the lobby of the Truman Library.
The exhibit runs through Sunday. Hours today and Saturday are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Sunday’s hours are noon to 5 p.m. Library admission is $8 for adults, $7 for seniors, $3 for children 6 to 15, and free for 5 and younger, and that covers the special exhibit, too.
The Truman Home also is open, said Mike Ryan, chief of interpretation and visitor services at the Harry S. Truman National Historic Site.
“We opened this morning,” Ryan said Thursday. “In fact, we had a few people waiting there.”