Events at the Nixon Library

The Nixon Library hosts many special events, exhibits, lectures and concerts throughout the year.

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Wednesday, December 27, 2017

Candlelight Evenings at the Nixon Library

Candlelight Evenings at the Nixon Library

Toy Trains, Santa Claus and White House Traditions

In the spirit of White House Christmas traditions past and present, the Richard Nixon Presidential Library and Museum is opening its doors after hours for special Candlelight Evenings every Wednesday night this holiday season. New this year!

Included with admission, guests will:

  • Explore the special holiday display, A Whistling White House Wonderland! The exciting fan-favorite exhibit is back with a 10 foot mountain of model trains whistling over bridges and through tunnels
  • Sit for photos with Santa Claus (One complimentary download included)
  • Delight in live Christmas music
  • Admire First Lady Pat Nixon’s 1971 Gingerbread House Replica
  • Write letters and sign holiday cards for wounded warriors and Marines at Camp Pendleton
  • Create festive Christmas ornaments to bring home for your tree
  • Decorate sugar cookies and enjoy complimentary hot cocoa and coffee
  • PLUS: Discover the history of America’s 37th President in the Nixon Library’s award-winning presidential museum galleries.

These special events are a tribute to First Lady Pat Nixon, her legacy of opening the White House to the American people and her love of Christmas.

Candlelight Evenings are sponsored by Pacific Mercantile Bank.



Tuesday, January 9, 2018

President Nixon’s Birthday Commemoration


Commemorate the 105th birthday of America’s 37th President with special events at the Richard Nixon Presidential Library and Museum.

Admission to the Nixon Library is free and open to the public all day.

11 AM: Ceremony at the Memorial Site of President Nixon

Laying of a memorial wreath sent from President Trump

Remarks by Navy Rear Admiral CJ Jaynes (retired)

Formal Presentation of the Colors

1 PM: Annual Nixon Legacy Lecture with Bruce Herschensohn

Bruce Herschensohn served as Deputy Special Assistant to President Nixon.


Tuesday, January 23, 2018

Building A New Bridge: President Nixon’s Legacy in Three Chinese Cities

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Building A New Bridge: President Nixon’s Legacy in Three Chinese Cities

Opening Ceremony – Tuesday, January 23 at 11 AM

Free event admission 

Join us to celebrate the opening of Building A New Bridge: President Nixon’s Legacy in Three Chinese Cities, a new special exhibit on the lasting impact of President Nixon’s historic trip to China in the modern cities of Beijing, Shanghai and Hangzhou.

The celebratory reception will feature keynote remarks by the newly-appointed Consul General of the People’s Republic of China in Los Angeles, Ambassador Zhang Ping, during his first visit to Orange County.

The exhibition is presented with Xinhua News Agency and the China National Tourism Council.


Tuesday, January 30, 2018

William F. Buckley and the Presidents – Lecture with Alvin Felzenberg

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Alvin Felzenberg

Author of, “A Man and His Presidents: The Political Odyssey of William F. Buckley, Jr.”

Free Event Admission

William F. Buckley Jr. is widely regarded as the most influential American conservative writer, activist, and organizer in the postwar era. In this nuanced biography, Alvin Felzenberg sheds light on little-known aspects of Buckley’s career, including his role as back-channel adviser to policy makers, his intimate friendships and influence with Presidents, his changing views on civil rights, and his break with George W. Bush over the Iraq War.

Felzenberg demonstrates how Buckley conveyed his message across multiple platforms and drew upon his vast network of contacts, his personal charm, his extraordinary wit, and his celebrity status to move the center of political gravity in the United States closer to his point of view. Including many rarely seen photographs, this account of one of the most compelling personalities of American politics will appeal to conservatives, liberals, and even the apolitical.

Alvin S. Felzenberg served in two presidential administrations and was principal spokesman for the 9/11 Commission. He teaches at the University of Pennsylvania’s Annenberg School for Communication and is the author of The Leaders We Deserved (and a Few We Didn’t). He lives in Washington, DC.


Tuesday, February 13, 2018

Meet Lt. Col. Robert Friend, Tuskegee Airmen Pilot

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Meet Lt. Col. Robert Friend of the Tuskegee Airmen

Oldest surviving Red Tail Pilot of the Tuskegee Airmen, America’s first black military pilots

Lt. Col. Friend will make a special appearance at the Nixon Library in honor of Black History Month. He will talk about his heroic experiences fighting for our country alongside the legendary Tuskegee Airmen during WWII.

Lt. Col. Friend will be in conversation with Fred Bell, Director of the Palm Springs Air Museum.

The program is free to attend.

Special Members Only VIP Reception!

Meet Lt. Col. Friend and get a signed lithograph of his Red Tail P-51 Mustang “Bunny” at the exclusive reception. The VIP package is $75 and includes two VIP tickets, sponsorship of Air Force JROTC cadets to attend the event, and the signed lithograph. Not a member but want to attend this unique opportunity? Click here.


Monday, February 19, 2018

Presidents Day at the Nixon Library

Presidents Day


Celebrate Presidents Day at the Nixon Library

Meet the Presidents of Mount Rushmore and free cherry pie!

  • Half-priced admission to the Nixon Library and Museum all day
  • First 1,000 visitors receive a free slice of cherry pie compliments of Polly’s Pies
  • Patriotic concerts in the magnificent East Room with the Air Force Band of the Golden West at 11 AM and 2 PM
  • Meet and take photos with Presidents Washington, Jefferson, Lincoln and Roosevelt all day!

The Richard Nixon Presidential Library and Museum opens at 10 AM.

Admission tickets must be purchased at the door on the day of the event.

Seating is first-come, first-served for all programs.

Wednesday, February 21, 2018

Forum: The U.S., China and the Geopolitics of the South China Sea

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The U.S., China, and the Geopolitics of the South China Sea

Free Event Admission

The South China Sea is among the world’s epicenters of geopolitical competition. 30 percent of all global trade ($5.3 trillion) passes through the waterway each year. China and its East Asian neighbors, including Indonesia, Japan, The Philippines, and Vietnam all have territorial claims, and established maritime defenses. Meanwhile in its pivot to Asia, the United States has been conducting freedom of navigation tours of its vessels in waters claimed by China.

How can the U.S and China reduce the risk of conflict, and work on a peaceful and equitable resolution in this pivotal international waterway?


Cortez A. Cooper III is a senior international/defense researcher at the RAND Corporation and a member of the Pardee RAND Graduate School faculty. At RAND he provides assessments of security challenges across political, military, economic, cultural, and informational arenas for a broad range of U.S. government clients. He has served in the U.S. Navy Executive Service as the senior analyst for the Joint Intelligence Center Pacific, U.S. Pacific Command. As the senior intelligence analyst and Asia regional specialist in the Pacific Theater, he advised Pacific Command leadership on trends and developments in the Command’s area of responsibility. His 20 years of military service included assignments as both an Army Signal Corps Officer and a China Foreign Area Officer. In addition to numerous military decorations, the Secretary of Defense awarded Cooper with the Exceptional Civilian Service Award in 2001.

Gregory B. Poling is director of the Asia Maritime Transparency Initiative and a fellow with the Southeast Asia Program at the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS). He oversees research on U.S. foreign policy in the Asia Pacific, with a particular focus on the maritime domain and the countries of Southeast Asia. His research interests include the South China Sea disputes, democratization in Southeast Asia, and Asian multilateralism. He is the author of The South China Sea in Focus: Clarifying the Limits of Maritime Dispute (CSIS, July 2013) and coauthor of multiple works including Building a More Robust U.S.-Philippines Alliance (CSIS, August 2015), A New Era in U.S.-Vietnam Relations: Deepening Ties Two Decades after Normalization (CSIS, June 2014), and A U.S.-Indonesia Partnership for 2020: Recommendations for Forging a 21st Century Relationship (CSIS, September 2013).

Friday, March 2, 2018

Celebrating the Life of Billy Graham: Prayer Service and Breakfast

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Prayer Service and Breakfast to celebrate the life of the Rev. Dr. Billy Graham

Remembering America’s Ambassador for Christ and Pastor to Presidents

Friday, March 2 at 9:00 AM

Free Event Admission

Join us at the Richard Nixon Presidential Library and Museum to reflect on the life of America’s Ambassador for Christ.

On projector screens in its East Room, the Nixon Library will broadcast Rev. Graham’s memorial service live from the Billy Graham Library in Charlotte, North Carolina, and we invite members of the public to attend. At its conclusion, prayers and remembrances will be offered in tribute.

Attendees can write condolence messages in a book that will be delivered to the Graham family.

President Nixon and Rev. Graham were close friends for 44 years. Rev. Graham officiated both First Lady Pat Nixon’s 1993 memorial service and President Nixon’s 1994 state funeral at the Nixon Library. Richard Nixon spoke at a Billy Graham Crusade at Yankee Stadium as Vice President in 1957 and at the University of Tennessee as President in 1970.


Friday, March 16, 2018

Celebrate Pat Nixon’s Birthday

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Celebrate Pat Nixon’s Birthday

Celebrating the 106th Birthday of First Lady Pat Nixon

Free Admission to the Nixon Library All Day

9:00 AM: Koffee Klatch Members Breakfast

Breakfast for Nixon Foundations Members. Must register in advance to attend.

NOT A MEMBER? Join today and attend the free breakfast with a guest. (plus one)

Become a member here.

11:00 AM: East Room Presentation

Award-winning TV host, bestselling author and longtime Nixon family friend Maureen Nunn will share her historical portrayal of First Lady Pat Nixon.

This fascinating program will cover Pat Nixon’s time as America’s Ambassador of Goodwill and one of history’s most influential First Ladies.


Thursday, March 22, 2018

Charlotte Pence and Karen Pence, Second Lady of the United States

Karen Pence, Second Lady of the United States, and daughter, Charlotte Pence

A lively discussion between mother and daughter!

Join us for the West Coast launch of Karen and Charlotte Pence’s much-anticipated children’s book, Marlon Bundo’s A Day in the Life of the Vice President at the Nixon Library!

The delightful story — told through the eyes of the Pence family’s famous pet bunny Marlon Bundo — was written by Charlotte Pence and beautifully illustrated with watercolors by the Second Lady herself.

Proceeds from the book will be donated to Tracy’s Kids, an art-therapy program at Riley Hospital for Children in Indianapolis and A21, a nonprofit aimed at ending sex trafficking.

Click here to get two free tickets for the event by joining the Nixon Foundation as a new member ($125 or above).


Advanced General Admission Ticket: $53

Foundation Member Ticket: $43


  • General admission seating in East Room, a copy of the cook and access to Signing with Karen and Charlotte Pence.

*President’s Society VIP Dual Package: $175


  • Two Preferred Seats at the East Room program and one copy of the book
  • Access for two to the exclusive reception with Charlotte and Karen Pence at 6PM, a personalized book signing, photo opportunity, hosted bar and hors d’oeuvres

*President’s Society VIP Individual: $100


  • One Preferred Seat at the East Room program and one copy of the book
  • Access for one to an exclusive reception with Charlotte and Karen Pence at 6PM, a personalized book signing, photo opportunity, hosted bar and hors d’oeuvres

*Open to President’s Society members only. Not a member? Click here to join the President’s Society and receive one complimentary ticket to the VIP reception.

Child’s Ticket (12 and under): $20

Includes Access to the Charlotte and Karen Pence East Room Program.