Presidential Library and Museum
The White House: A Look Inside
Welcome to the George Bush Presidential Library and Museum.
The story of George Bush is a fascinating one of adventure, courage, dedication, and service. Our museum exhibits reveal the unique influences and challenges which shaped George Bush's life and presidency. On a larger scale, this museum encompasses much of U.S. history since 1941. Through artifacts, film, photographs, documents, music, sound effects, and interac-tive video and computerization, this special muse-um experience is both educational and entertaining. Some of the larger museum features include a World War II Avenger Torpedo Bomber, a 1947 Studebaker, a slab of the Berlin Wall, and precise replicas of President Bush's Camp David and Air Force One offices. The presidential exhibits document George Bush's exceptional leadership during times of crisis — the reunification of Germany, the collapse of the Soviet Union, and the Gulf War. The importance of family, friends, and politics also are a part of the museum's colorful story. Yet, the overall theme of the muse-um is the nobility of public service exemplified by the lives of George and Barbara Bush.
Picturing the Century One Hundred Years of Photography from the National Archives October 6, 2001 -February 10, 2002 This exhibit commemorates the end of the twentieth cen-tury with a selection of his-toric photographs from the vast holdings of the National Archives and Records Administration. These photo-graphs vividly capture the sweeping changes of the last hundred years in ways that are remarkably broad and candid. They depict everyday and high political drama, society's failings as well as its triumphs, war's ugliness as well as its heroism.
The White House in Miniature November 19, 2001 - February 19, 2002
There is nothing miniature about this model. It is huge. At fifty-five feet long and twenty feet wide, this model is an eye popper. This exquisitely furnished replica of the White House has drawn record-breaking crowds all over the country. The Zweifel family, with the blessings of the White House has devoted thirty years of their life researching, executing, moving and maintaining this extraordinary gift to the people of the United States. Been to the White House lately?
Stripes & Stars: A Graphic History of an American Icon July 3, 2001-October 30, 2001 Drawn from the personal collection of San
Francisco graphic artist Mr. Kit Hinrichs, over 150 amazing American artifacts from two centuries display the stripes and stars of the flag of the United States. Interpretations of the flag motif con-tinued to surface, resulting in a rich visual history of a true American Icon. From beaded leather gloves to charm-ing coin banks from one-of-a-kind weather vanes to vibrant violin cases, this exhibit will have you whistling Yankee-doodle-dandy.
Stripes & Stars: Brazos Valley Student Art Contest July 3, 2001 -October 30, 2001 See the next generation's delightful take on the stripes and stars of the American flag. Fifty student artists created wonderfully, diverse patriotic images for this exhibit. Three jurors awarded nine first place winners. Come see if you agree.
Stripes & Stars: "Looking Up: Flag Series" The Paintings of Stephanie Sale July 3, 2001 -October 30, 2001
Strength, vivid colors and technical virtuosity are the words that come to mind as you view the patriotic paintings of Stephanie Sale. Her crystal-clear images and unusual compositions are bold, uncompromising and dramatic.
Like the other presidential libraries, the George Bush Library and Museum is also a research institution, totally integrated into the academic environment of Texas A&M University. The Bush Library's collections include 38,000,000 pages of official and personal papers, 1,000,000 photographs, 2,500 hours of videotape, and 70,000 museum objects. These rich primary sources document George Bush's distinguished public career as Congressman, Ambassador to the United Nations, Chief of the U.S. Liaison Office in China, Chairman of the Republican National Committee, Director of Central Intelligence, Vice President, and President. Utilizing these collections, scholars will write the history of this exciting era. The museum includes 17,000 square feet of space with a changing exhibit gallery. Included in the muse-um's exhibits are items ranging from a 1925 film of George Bush's first steps in Kennebunkport, Maine to records and memorabilia from his tenure as the 41st President of the United States. In addition, a special section is dedicated to former First Lady Barbara Bush and her efforts on behalf of literacy, AIDS prevention, and volunteerism.
The museum also contains a classroom designed especially for students from kindergarten through high school. A staff education coordinator combines Texas social studies curriculum with drama, art and written expression to create programs which teach students about the presidency, American history, and our government. Operated by the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA), the George Bush Presidential Library and Museum is the tenth presidential library in the United States. Texas is the only state to house two such facilities, including the Lyndon B. Johnson Library and Museum located on the University of Texas campus in Austin.
Presidential Library and Museum
Monday - Saturday 9:30 a.m - 5:00 p.m. Sunday 12:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Closed Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day, and New Year's Day
Parking at the museum is free. The museum is fully accessible and wheelchairs are available from the museum.
George Bush Presidential Library and Museum
1000 George Bush Drive
West College Station, TX 77845
Call (979) 260-9552, TTY# (979) 260-3770
Visit our web site: http://bushlibrary.tamu.edu