A center dedicated to the eight years he served as President of the United States, the George W. Bush Library and Museum contains a variety of hands-on exhibits on American history, public policy, and the Presidency. Themes explored range from terrorism and the financial crisis to education reform and global health. There’s also a Remembrance Display for 9/11, which includes footage from the tragic day as well as steel beams from the World Trade Center site.
A full-sized replica of the Oval Office allows for visitors to experience a piece of presidential daily life, while the Decision Points Theater focuses on the history and key events that occurred during the Bush administration. The library is the
second largest presidential library in the country, and the museum contains more than 40,000 gifts given from around the world during his presidency.
The buildings are furthermore home to the George W. Bush Policy Institute and offices of the George W. Bush Foundation. There’s also a 15 acre urban park and Texas rose garden, designed using the native Texan landscape.
The museum and library are located inside the George W. Bush Presidential Center on the campus of Southern Methodist University. Paid parking is available nearby, or take the DART to the Mockingbird Station and the Route 768 SMU Express Shuttle which drops off at the front door of the museum. Tickets are $17 for adults, $14 for seniors, $11 for children ages 5-12 and $15 for youth 13-17 (children under 4 are free.) Both facilities are open Monday to Saturday from 9 am to 5 pm and Sunday from 12 pm to 5 pm.