The campus of the Southern Methodist University had a recent addition in 2013 worth over $300 million- The George W. Bush Presidential Library and Museum. Literally documenting the presidency of George W. Bush, the library and museum follows a long list of libraries and museum set up after Presidents to gain a better understanding of their tenure. The George W. Bush Presidential Library and Museum aims to allow research and present public records about the President during his occupancy of the White House. One of the most interesting features of the Library and Museum is the Decision Points Theatre. As the name suggests, you can see for yourself what influenced and prompted the decisions of George W. Bush during testing times like after the 9/11 attacks and the Iraq invasion.
- Adult USD 16
- Senior (62+) USD 13
- Youth (13-17 years) USD 14
- Youth (5-12 years) USD 10
- Free for Children (0-4 years).
- College Student (non-SMU) USD 13.
- Free for SMU College Student, faculty and staff.
- Retired Military (Individual Only) $10.
- Free for Active Military (Servicemember Only).
- Research- Monday to Friday 9:00am to 12:00pm and 1:00pm to 4:30pm.
- Research section is Closed on Saturday, Sunday, and Federal holidays.
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- Cafe Brazil - Central Expwy (southwestern)
- Twisted Root Burger Co. (hamburgers recommended)
- Rockfish Seafood Grill (seafood served)
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67.91% of people who visit Dallas include George W. Bush Presidential Library And Museum in their plan
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41.8% of people start their George W. Bush Presidential Library And Museum visit around 10 AM - 11 AM
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A friend recommended we go the Presidential Library and we went without really understanding that it is basically a history and a tribute to President George W Bush. That said, regardless of your political persuasion and feelings about his presidency, it was an interesting walk through the history of the nation at the time of his presidency. The museum is extremely well done with many interactive exhibits. It has an exact replica of the oval office and the docents gave an interesting history of the room. The docents were also very knowledgeable about other Presidential Libraries in the Nation. If you like politics, government, and history, I recommend a visit!
Excellent Presidential library in the heart of Dallas. The amount of visitors underscores how much President Bush was loved and is still admired. Knowledgeable staff, so much so they are almost too much -- kind of like the grandparent that can't stop reminiscing. I did find admission cost and refreshment costs excessive. Also, no leniency when closing time comes -- they will escort you out.
This is a little bit out of the way and off the beaten track. Totally worth it. On a college campus, you walk in to a gorgeous, high ceiling atrium and purchase your ticket. One side dedicated to George W. Bush. Currently, the other side is a tribute to all the first ladies. It was completely fascinating to learn about how young George grew up, the path to his presidency and then his presidency. The tour is self-guided. It's a small library and there is a short film at the beginning. At the end, you walk into a replica up of the oval office, complete with a photographer to take your picture behind the desk. To exit, you meander through a small gift shop. There is a cafe, I didn't get a chance to explore that.
We went to the museum today (10/12/18). We have been to nine of the 13 presidential libraries sanctioned by the National Archives. We have also been to eight that aren’t. This is the ONLY one that we have had to pay for parking. That left a bad taste in my mouth. They also have a security checkpoint which many of them have. The attitude of these guys though left another bad taste in my mouth. One guy in particular made me feel like a criminal. He told me to empty my pockets of all metal items. I did. Afterwards he said “you don’t have a wallet”? I put my wallet in and then he asked (not nicely) what’s in your pocket? I pulled out my handkerchief, eye drops, and chapstick out and he rudely told me to put them in the tray as well. After this, I was really ready to leave. Customer service should start with security. About the museum...Whether or not you liked Bush as president, you will probably leave knowing that he and Laura are good people that care about others and care about our country. You can’t ask for more. The volunteers were very nice and knowledgeable. A lot of attention was given to those accomplishments that were great, but they did offer some information on his shortcomings. They all are like this as they should be. Overall, in my opinion, the library is very well done.
I was on a trip from Canada with my sister and friends. One of them really wanted to come here, so we did since it was on our city pass anyway. Wouldn’t have been my first choice, for a few reasons I won’t state, but it was interesting. The replica of the Oval Office was absolutely incredible, and the 9/11 memorial was emotional and well done. Also, shout out to the security guards for handling the wine screw situation professionally and hilariously.. I honestly forgot I was in my purse. A mortifying, but funny memory I won’t forget