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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 The library houses millions of pages of historical documents.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. Add LBJ Presidential Library and other attractions to your Austin trip itinerary using our Austin tour planner.
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  • Last year, I visited the ranch, this year the Library. It's been a real education for me to see him as a human being. His Presidency was so overshadowed by the Viet Name war, that I also truly enjoyed...  more »
  • Not the best Presidential Library. They don't have much as far as physical objects to see. Lots of archives and a deep understanding of LBJ and his presidency  more »
  • Very factual presentation of the life and times of LBJ. His successes and his failures presented pretty fairly. Recordings of his hundreds of phone calls were facinating.  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
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • LBJ, more than any president before him, kept pretty meticulous notes and records of much of his time in public life. Some knowledge of the man and his legacy is helpful, but certainly not mandatory. (If you want to be really ready, read the Doris Kearns-Goodwin book first). Vast amounts to see, so you'll be exhausted if you see it all, but it's really spectacular. (Can you tell I'm an LBJ fan?!)
  • everything was exceptionally well done and interesting. I don't think that the presidential library unnecessarily whitewashes LBJ.