The entry courtyard at George W. Bush Presidential Library. (Photo Credit: George W. Bush Presidential Library and Museum)

Located on the campus of Southern Methodist University in Dallas Texas, the George W. Bush Presidential Library and Museum display a permanent exhibition that uses artifacts and interactive experiences to relate the decisions and key events of the Presidency of George W. Bush. The 14,000 square foot main gallery is framed around the principles that are important to President and Mrs. Bush.  Those principles are Freedom, Responsibility, Opportunity, and Compassion. The Library and Museum are set on 15 beautiful acres beautifully landscaped with native Texas trees, grasses and flowers.

The museum tells the story of the United States and the world in an extraordinary time. From

Steel from the World Trade Center attacked on September 11, 2001 (Photo Credit: George W. Bush Presidential Library and Museum)

the terrorist attack on the United States on September 11th, 2001 through The extreme hurricane season of 2005 to the economic crisis in 2008 the story is told through the decisions the President had to make.  

My family and I have been to a few of the other Presidential Libraries and Museums around the country and none of them affected me the way this one did. Seeing the large piece of steel in the 9/11 gallery and the day by day history of events for the days after September 11th really did bring me to tears.  

The Oval Office

The Replica of The Oval Office as used by President G.W. Bush (Photo Credit: George W. Bush Presidential Library and Museum)

My favorite part of the museum is the display of the Oval Office.  Each American President gets to decorate their Oval Office as they wish.  President George W. Bush wanted his office to reflect his optimism for the future.  The Oval Office in the George W. Bush Museum comes complete with accurate reproduction of the Resolute desk.  It is really a neat experience to sit at the desk and pick up the phone with the Presidential Seal on it really does give you a sense of the power that resides in that office.  You can get your picture made sitting at the desk by either a member of your party or a professional photographer from the staff.  

. In 2019, a temporary exhibit based on the 2007 White House Christmas decorations.  That year the theme of the decor was based on the National Parks of The United States. The main feature of this exhibit was the 2007 Blue Room Tree.  This tree displays ornaments representing every National Park.

Plan for two or three hours to tour the museum.  This would be a great museum to add to a day at the Perot Museum or keeping with the Presidential theme The Sixth Floor Museum.

Hours of the George W. Bush Presidential Library

Monday – Saturday, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Sunday, noon – 5 p.m.

Weekday afternoons are the least crowded. The Museum is closed on Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year’s Day.

Admission to the Libary 

 

Guest As of January 2020
  Adult $16
  Senior (62+) $13
  Youth (13-17 years) $14
  Child (5-12 years) $10
  Infant (0-4 years) FREE
  College Student (non-SMU) $13
  SMU Student, Faculty & Staff FREE
  Military (Retired) $10 
  Military (Active Duty) FREE

How to get there

George W. Bush Presidential Library is located on the campus of Southern Methodist University, the physical address is 2943 SMU Boulevard, Dallas, TX 75205. Parking, including handicap parking, is available in the parking lot immediately across from the entrance on SMU Blvd. The Museum is also accessible using the Dallas Area Rapid Transit (DART) System using the Orange, Red, or Blue lines.  The rate per car in the Bush Center lot is $5 for the first hour and $0.75 for each additional 30 minutes and paid by credit card upon exiting the parking lot. Cash is not accepted. Additional parking is available on the SMU campus for a fee. The Moody and Binkley Garages are located within walking distance. 

Parking for recreational vehicles is available at the Mockingbird DART station from there visitors may take the SMU Express Shuttle or Museum Express Shuttle.

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