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George W. Bush Presidential Center, Dallas

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The second largest presidential library, George W. Bush Presidential Center acts as a policy center and holds the offices of the foundation that created the library. The location on the Southern Methodist University campus was chosen by the foundation after a competition; the building earned a platinum certification in 2013 for its energy efficiency and environmentally friendly design. You'll be able to view exhibits celebrating American pastimes, like baseball, and items of international skill, like Oscar de la Renta gowns and textiles made by refugees. The attraction's website keeps an updated list of temporary exhibits and instructions on how to use its research facilities. To visit George W. Bush Presidential Center on your trip to Dallas, use our Dallas travel itinerary maker.
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Though the downtown area offers more high-end accommodations, the heaviest concentration of hotels in Dallas is in the northern part of the city. Staying in this area while on holiday allows you to choose from a range of affordable and comfortable lodgings just a short drive from the city's major attractions. Depending on the purpose of your visit, you may find it more convenient to stay close to the airport or near the city's amusement parks. A budget-friendly alternative, the northern suburbs offer decent accommodations and plenty of shops and restaurants.
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  • We had never been to a presidential library, so chose this one because of the 9-11 exhibit. We were not disappointed. It was definitely an emotional visit. There were other interesting sections, espec...  more »
  • Loved the replica Oval Office! The 9/11 section was emotional. Really appreciated the wounded soldier original artwork by George. It reminded me of how proud I am to be American. I highly recommend th...  more »
  • Very well done museum. A good variety of information about George W and Laura as well as his presidency and how they serve now.  more »
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  • Spent several hours here. Really cool seeing the replica of the Oval Office. I also loved the Decision Points activity. Got to see the special exhibit of his paintings that he made of the wounded veterans. What an honorable man.
  • Visited the library during construction with the construction club from Missouri State University. The building even at that point, was awesome. There was to be an exact replica of the oval office and they had a piece from the WTC that was being built around, because of it's size. I definitely need to go back to see the finished product.
  • Update.... Since my previous experience management has listened to my concerns, and we were able to get our books. My mom had a lovely day in the exhibit as well. Old I hate writing this review. My visits to the Museum itself were actually quite nice. I am always moved by the 9/11 display. This review deals more with the staff and availability and customer service. The other day there was an event where you could get GWB's book signed. I purchased a wristband with two books. I gave this as a gift. The recipient had conflicting events arise and was unable to attend. I tried to call the location that night and got zero response. I emailed them. I called them again. I called them the next day. And Finally got to speak to a human. She informed me that even though I paid for two books, there are no more. But then she said there are extras, but they are now for sale in the bookstore for $250 a piece. In addition to this, I am unable to get a refund for my original amount. I couldn't even credit the $80 toward a book. I would need to talk to the Box Office, which is the number I dialed to talk with her. But no there is apparently nothing that can be done. This just seems like a poor showing of customer service. I love my University, and I think it is great that we have a presidential library. I just wish the employees running the show actually understood how to take care of customers and alumns
  • Loved the interactive nature of the place. The entry hall video on the surround screen is amazing. The Oval Office is a nice touch to the place. The Cafe actually has some good food.
  • The wildflower garden is pretty and it's accessible to the public. Very nice place to visit in the evening. It contains a quagmire, which is fitting. I have nothing to say about the content of the museum except that I disagree with the narrative.