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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 The library houses millions of pages of historical documents.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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  • October 4, 2017
    First presidential library visit. I had no idea all the legislation Johnson did for our country. Well worth the visit.  more »
  • October 3, 2017
    We had a few hours to kill and decided to visit the library. Great decision. The 7/8 replica of the Oval Office is really cool. Make sure to listen to the phone calls to get a feel for the time. I hig...  more »
  • October 3, 2017
    We visited on a Tuesday in October and enjoyed it meow than we even thought we would. The library is beautiful and has so many interesting exhibits! Not very crowded. Especially loved listening to LBJ...  more »
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  • March 8, 2017
    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
  • July 7, 2017
    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.
  • May 21, 2017
    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.
  • June 25, 2017
    Wonderful museum. Expect to spend about three hours here. Free parking available off of Red River.
  • April 11, 2017
    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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