One of only thirteen presidential libraries in the country, the LBJ Presidential Library focuses on the history and culture during Lyndon B. Johnson’s presidency. With more than 45 million pages of historic documents, along with multimedia and photographs in the permanent, temporary, and online exhibitions, visitors can get a sense of the political and social climate under which the former President operated. The top floor of the library houses a near-to-scale replica of the Oval Office as it was when LBJ was President.
The Legacy Gallery focuses on the decisions and policies of LBJ during his presidency, while the presidential humor and White House Years exhibits provide a well-rounded look at the former President. Other focuses include important periods of U.S. history including social justice, the Civil Rights movement, the Vietnam conflict, and the day JFK was shot (and LBJ was sworn into office.) Visitors can even hear recorded telephone conversations with the President and see courtship letters written to his wife, Lady Bird.
The LBJ Presidential Library is located on the University of Texas campus in Austin. Open every day from 9 am to 5 pm (closed Thanksgiving, Christmas Day, and New Year’s Day), admission is $10 for adults, $7 for seniors, $3 for youth (13+) and students, and $5 for retired military. Free for children under 12. Tours are self-guided. The nearest Capitol Metro stop is San Jacinto Street and 26th Street. Free parking is available in UT lot 38 on Red River Street.