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LBJ Presidential Library, Austin

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Get a good sense of President Johnson's character, intellect, and impact on the country at LBJ Presidential Library. The library houses millions of pages of historical documents. As you enter the lobby, the first thing you see is the President's limousine. Start from the top floor by walking through a replica of the Oval Office arranged as it was during Johnson's presidency. See a portrait of Franklin D. Roosevelt, LBJ's three television sets, and his many books. Look for the desk on which the president signed the Voting Rights Act of 1965. You can also see significant artifacts from the days surrounding the assassination of JFK. Look for a telephone in a corner to listen to conversations concerning this historic event. Start your trip to Austin by creating a personalized itinerary on Inspirock.
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  • I never thought a presidential library would be the highlight of our trip to Texas. What an amazing place. Mrs. M especially enjoyed the Madeline Albright pin collection. The telephones were everywher...  more »
  • Learned a lot about ladybird and her environmental initiatives. Learned what an amazing amount of legislation LBJ managed to push through congress! What a contrast from the polarization we see today.  more »
  • Saw the Madeline Albright Pin exhibit with a friend. It was an amazing. So many wonderful pins and the stories behind them are also fun to read about. I watched a TED talk before going and it helped m...  more »
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  • This is the second Presidential museum I have been to, so I can only compare to the Carter museum in Atlanta. Over all it is well worth going to. It is a beautiful building and very well maintained. This focuses on LBJ's life and his term as President. We went through quickly and spend about an hour, you could definitely spend more time. I accidentally parked in a University of Texas lot and got a ticket. I guess there is guest parking but I must have missed it. Be careful.
  • This is a must-see in Austin. The amount of turbulence during LBJ's Presidency is incredible. Plan on 90 minutes if you're one of those that likes to read most plaques and watch the movies.
  • Lyndon Johnson was President from 1963 to the end of 1968. Museum houses exhibits of the social, political and cultural 60's. Actual footage from TV , movies and television commercials. * Note the LBJ Auditorium is not in the LBJ Library. Click on the LBJ Auditorium for entrance details.
  • We enjoyed our visit, learning a lot about LBJ and his vision for the great society. Free parking is available in Lot 38, look for the flags. Park anywhere else and you will get a ticket.
  • Great exhibits that really give you a glimpse into politics of the 1960s. The phone booths where you can hear phone recordings for LBJ talking to congressmen and others were fascinating. The building's late 60s/early 70s modern, monolithic architecture perfectly suits the overall museum experience,

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