Holding the position of President of the United States of America is the most prestigious and visible job one can have in this country. Every day a President is in office, they are making history and shaping their legacy. Presidential libraries have become a wonderful way for people to examine such an important figure. Texas is fortunate enough to have three of its very own. History buffs and the like will enjoy getting in depth looks at Lyndon B. Johnson, George H. W. Bush and George W. Bush when they visit Texas’s Presidential Libraries.
LBJ Presidential Library
2313 Red River St., Austin
Opened in March of 1971, the LBJ Presidential Library sits on 30-acres of land at the University of Texas in Austin. When Johnson spoke at the dedication, he made it clear that the full history of his time in office would be on display showcasing the success and failures of his administration. The library houses over 40 million pages of historical documents, roughly 650,000 photos and thousands of hours of recordings. The museum collection holds more than 50 thousand objects donated by the Johnson family and many others. The LBJ Presidential Library also features many events and exhibits throughout the year for visitors to enjoy.
George Bush Presidential Library
1002 George Bush Dr. West, College Station
Hosted on the Texas A&M University campus in College Station, the George Bush Presidential Library, tells the story of George H. W. Bush and his legacy as the 41st President of the United States. Visitors can see replicas of Bush’s Camp David Office, the White House Press Room and the Situation Room. The Library also features 31 permanent exhibits including Symbols of the Presidency, which showcases presidential icons such as the limousine and seal; Taking Risks, highlighting Bush’s life as a business man; and Domestic Leadership, examining Bush’s domestic policy. If you’re looking to take home a cool souvenir, you can get your photo taken sitting at the presidential desk in the Oval Office replica.
George W. Bush Presidential Library
2943 SMU Boulvard, Dallas
Situated on the Southern Methodist University campus in Dallas, the George W. Bush Presidential Library features the largest collection of electronic records in the Presidential Library system with over 200 million emails and almost four million photos. In addition, there are roughly 43,000 gifts that were given to the former President and First Lady from people around the world on display. The Library features the interactive Decision Points Theater that gives visitors an inside look into the President’s decision-making process during major crises. There is also the Native Texas Park. It’s a 15-acre urban park featuring Blackland Prairie grasses, seasonal wildflowers and animal habitats. Take a stroll through the mile long network of trails and rediscover the lost prairie land of Texas.