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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 The library houses millions of pages of historical documents.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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  • Well worth the visit be sure to plan a few hours to see it all! We truly enjoyed it and have a new respect for LBJ  more »
  • Free and easy parking. On the UT campus. Great historical visit. 12 and under are free. Senior discount.  more »
  • We were very pleased with our recent visit to the LBJ Library. Regardless of your politics or opinions on LBJ, this is a great historical museum that captures a specific timeline in American history a...  more »
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  • Exhibits were very well done and interesting. We were greeted by knowledgeable and kind staff members who ensured we got the most out of the museum. Also the student discount was awesome even though we aren't University of Texas students and visiting from out of state on spring break. Was on the top of my list for things we did while in Austin for the day
  • One of the best presidential libraries, viewpoints on the JFK assassination, space program and civil rights gave a new perspective. Very well designed exhibits and information signage.
  • Loved the architecture here. This was a great place to visit. One of my favorite things was listening to all the phone calls he made especially the ones with Lady Bird Johnson.
  • Wonderful museum. Expect to spend about three hours here. Free parking available off of Red River.
  • Come here to see the lionization of LBJ as a "great" President. It's a pretty building with exhibits that applaud his progressiveness (i.e. the Great Society) and highlight the difficult challenges he faced in Vietnam. It ignores his weaknesses and faults as a person and President. It ignores how his Administration contributed to the rise and abuse of Presidential powers. Only go if you want to see the white-washed story. If you must, I would only go on free LBJ library days that are offered throughout the year.

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