Key West Visitors Can Now Ride in Truman’s Presidential Limo

History loving, holiday planning Brits looking ahead to a Florida getaway later this year are in for a special treat in Key West – a tour by Presidential limousine [...]

History loving, holiday planning Brits looking ahead to a Florida getaway later this year are in for a special treat in Key West – a tour by Presidential limousine!

(Steve Panariello/Florida Keys News Bureau/HO)

Visitors to Key West’s Harry S. Truman Little White House, Florida’s only presidential museum, can now travel around the island city in the limo formerly used by President Truman during his term in office (1945-53). Over the course of 11 trips, Truman spent nearly six months of his Presidency in Key West.

Acquired by the non-profit Key West Harry S. Truman Foundation, the vintage Lincoln Cosmopolitan stretch limo has 32,000 original miles on its odometer. Features include an intercom system, hydraulic privacy shield, security elements and an airflow controller for the president’s comfort.

“This limo is one of nine that were situated at different cities throughout the United States for use by the president when he would travel to different locations, because back in that period, of course, the presidential limousine did not travel on the presidential plane,” said Clinton Curry, director of operations for the Little White House.

Visitors stroll outside the Harry S Truman Little White House Museum in Key West, Fla. In 1946, Truman began visiting the island for rest and relaxation and returned for 175 days during his presidency. Photo by Andy Newman/Florida Keys News Bureau

Meticulously restored to its Truman-era appearance, the Little White House showcases authentic artifacts including the former president’s handmade poker table, a tropical shirt he wore in Key West and the desk where he carried out his official duties.

“President Truman made 11 presidential visits to Key West totalling 175 days of his presidency, essentially running the United States right here from the Key West Little White House,” said Curry.

In addition to regular tours of the white-painted structure, the museum recently debuted a small-group VIP White Glove Tour whose participants can view galleries of priceless Truman objects not on public display, and don white gloves to hold presidential belongings including his prized whiskey jigger. The experience culminates with a ride in the limo that carried America’s 33rd president.

The tour includes the limo ride to the Truman Waterfront and runs for 2.5 hours and is priced from $537.50 based on up to six people sharing the experience.

People load into a presidential limousine once used by President Harry S. Truman in front of the Harry S. Truman Little White House Museum Thursday, March 11, 2021, in Key West, Fla. A ride in the limo, one of the vehicles that transported Truman during his 1945-1953 presidency, is part of the museum’s recently debuted “White Glove Tour,” providing small groups views of Truman objects not on public display. America’s 33rd president spent nearly six months in Key West spread over 11 visits while in office. (Steve Panariello/Florida Keys News Bureau/HO)

For more information, visit: www.trumanlittlewhitehouse.com.

For more information on the Florida Keys & Key West and current COVID-19 safety protocols, visit: www.fla-keys.co.uk

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