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William J Clinton Library and Museum, Little Rock

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William J Clinton Library and Museum boasts the largest archive of any presidential library in the United States and houses the Clinton Foundation offices. Since its opening in 2004, this center has hosted hundreds of thousands of visitors every year, as well as the students of University of Arkansas Clinton School of Public Service, which is part of the same complex. This is the 13th presidential library in the United States and was entirely privately funded. In addition to photographs, documents, and other texts, this library contains artifacts from the 1993–2001 presidency of William Jefferson Clinton, as well as accurate, life-size replicas of the Oval Office and Cabinet Room as they looked during Clinton's tenure. Make William J Clinton Library and Museum a part of your Little Rock vacation plans using our Little Rock trip builder.
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  • Very well done. Captures the history and feel of the time. Highly recommend. The timeline presentation quoting the State of the Union speeches is excellent.  more »
  • This was the 7th presidential library that I have visited. This was by no means the best library that I had ever been to, but it was far from the worst that I had visited. The library focused a lot on...  more »
  • This is certainly one of the highlights of any visit to Little Rock. Most of the displays are themed (education, the environment, the impeachment process, etc), while others are chronological. Very in...  more »
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  • I've been to several presidential libraries now, and this one was kind of lacking as far as exhibits. The building is beautiful, the grounds are nice, and I'm sure it'd make a great venue for events. However, as an educational exhibit, it comes in last place compared to all the other presidential libraries I've seen. LBJ's is still my favorite out of the libraries I've personally visited. Staff was really friendly, though! The film for the Clinton Library was well done, too. The library isn't far at all from the downtown shops and restaurants. I really liked the pedestrian bridge next to the library as well.
  • I find that this is a very interesting destination, however, I feel that the utilization of space for the exhibits are underutilized. One section of the actual terms of the president is fantastic with excellent presentation of history and artifacts. The main entrance and foyer needs more eye catching details. The security staff is friendly, efficient and fantastic for people with special needs and disabilities. I would recommend for any historical buffs no matter your political affiliation. A must see for school kids in upper elementary ages. Pre-K, kindergarten, and lower elementary would be bored. Pre-register and teens, possibly based on interests and parental advisement.
  • Short story: A poorly designed museum, lacking cohesive flow, narrative, or meaning to a collection of stuff from our former president. Several neat sections, and visually beautiful, but not what I expected. I've been to a couple of other presidential libraries (namely Truman's, which is spectacular), and despite having tons of great material to work with, the library itself is... sad. I understand that presidential libraries mostly exist to glorify the former office holder, but there were plenty of contentious parts of Clinton's presidency that were glossed over or not mentioned. Credit for a number of things were taken that President Clinton had no part in. Also, museums should probably have a flow or direction to them, and there was not a clear one here. My wife and often weren't sure where curators wanted us to go next, that it was unclear where things were and why certain parts of the museum were near one another. The materials themselves were of interest, but the way that they were presented either made them difficult to intellectually or physically access. If overhauled, this has the bones of a really interesting place, but between the cost and the lack of cohesion it has now, I wouldn't recommend it to a friend unless they were a huge Clinton fan.
  • Very interesting place to see the history of president Clinton. The building is beautiful and very green. The restaurant was very good and very well priced ( it is worth going just for that and you don't need to pay admission to eat there) it is cool to see what the Oval Office looked like too!
  • The building was so impressive!! So much information and history. We are Vegetarian and the restaurant had many choices and selections.