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George W. Bush Presidential Library and Museum, Dallas

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The second largest presidential library, George W. Bush Presidential Library and Museum 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 Library and Museum on your trip to Dallas, use our Dallas travel itinerary maker.
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  • I had never been to a Presidential Library before. This place has amazing technology and is simply Gorgeous! There are interactive games about the government, the White House and even political subjec...  more »
  • This Presidential Library is very understated and small and very approachable. Compared to the Reagan Library, it is small. On the campus of SMU, the architecture is mid century non description. It is...  more »
  • Whether you loved GW Bush or not, this is a very moving tribute to him and his family. The library has periodic special displays which are worth the return trips. If I say anymore, it will give it awa...  more »
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  • MUST SEE!! Wow, this was the first Presidential Library my husband and I have visited. It was an amazing experience! They did an outstanding job educating us on the Bush Family their life in Texas, White House and Camp David. We learned lots of true and unique details about the 8 years President Bush serviced as our Commander in Chief. We live in OKC and are long time AF civil servants. We are so grateful that God rose up such a God-loving moral and kind man to represent this country. We thank God for President Bush and Mrs. Bush's service and pray that God will continue to bless them with many years of joy with their family and friends. Highly encourage anyone living in or visiting the Dallas area visit this wonderful library!
  • Not being a fan of the man, i didn't know what to expect. But the library is well worth the tour. Right now (spring 2016) they're hosting a temporary exhibition with artifacts, quotes, visuals of every president in the US history. That will take about 30 minutes. The main gallery covers 9/11 events, "no child left behind" policy, the war on terror. There are short movies with George W Bush himself which are really well made. You can also visit the exact replica of the Oval Office when Bush was president and get a picture sitting at his desk Regardless of your feelings towards the 43rd president, the library is really good whether you agree with his political views or not.
  • A very good trip down memory lane and behind the scenes learning about the daily life of a president. 9/11 exhibit was emotional. Plan a good 2 hours and get your picture taken in the oval office.
  • Didn't think that my first visit to a Presidential Library would be this one but I was in town so knocked it off the list. There are plenty of cool artifacts on display they you'd find interesting if you're into politics or history. Give yourself at least two hours so you're not rushing yourself in there. Parking is $7 and is literally across the street. If you are paying cash you have to pay inside but they take credit cards as you are exiting the lot. Entrance is $16 but there are discounts available for kids. Make sure to go into the true to size Oval Office replica. It is also furnished to be an exact replica of how the office looked during his second term. Also leave some time for "Decision Points". It is an interactive exhibit. You go into a room and see how you would make certain decisions and how they compare to the ones Dubya made. The four scenarios they give you are Katrina, the financial crisis, Troop Surge in Iraq and the toppling of Saddam. Did notice that they didn't sell shot glasses at the gift shop. We usually get them as souvenirs everywhere we go. I'm guessing it is because of his history with alcohol?
  • Very information but kinda small for the price. Still worth atleast one visit.