LBJ Presidential Library
LBJ Presidential Library
4.5
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9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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The Lyndon Baines Johnson Library and Museum, also known as the LBJ Presidential Library, is the presidential library and museum of Lyndon Baines Johnson, the 36th President of the United States. It is one of fourteen presidential libraries administered by the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) and located on the campus of The University of Texas at Austin. We are open daily (except for Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year's Day) from 9 a.m.-5 p.m., with the last admission at 4:00 p.m. Admission is $3-$13 per person, with free admission given to children 12 and under, active military, student groups, and UT Austin students, faculty, and staff with valid ID. Free parking is available in visitor lot #38. Learn more at lbjlibrary.org.
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  • Mary R
    London, United Kingdom57 contributions
    Great value museum of LBJ and his presidential term
    Really enjoyed this museum - it has a good mixture of videos, recordings, things to read, and interactive exhibits. There is a lot about LBJ as a person, but also lots about the US in general during his term. Learnt a lot, and I think at only $10 each for adults it's amazing value; we were there for around 3 hours. Would really recommend.
    Visited March 2020
    Written March 12, 2020
  • 02corvette
    Marietta, Georgia1,232 contributions
    On a quest of Presidential Libraries
    The parking is a bit far away especially for those handicapped. I was struck by the austereness of the plaza outside and the plainess of the building. Most presidential libraries have a fountain or the building faces the way you come upto it but not this one. The store is small and limited. The first thing inthe building is a car LBJ had made to be a somewhat replica of the Presidential limo. His statue stands not as you enter the building but on the side where you leave. Different. Many of the exhibits are crowded as in those displaying the gifts given by outher countries and citizens. Some beautiful pieces are lost due to cramming to much together. The 1st Ladies display was closed due to a rescent roof leak. The oval office was fine. Exhibits are on the 2n, 4th and 10th floors - another oddity. Bathrooms are in hte basement or 1 st floor and that is the only place. The gal at the reception desk was very friendly but the lady standing near the next stop was pushy and told us how to view the exhibits as if we had never been to a museum before. The MoTown exhibit was really the first one you came to and we did not visit it. Did not take us long to view this library. There are some interesting displays but of the 6 we have done, the most severe and dull one. Sorry to say that.
    Visited December 2019
    Written January 8, 2020
  • ElvisAndrus
    Arlington, Texas805 contributions
    Fantastic
    We spent well over two hours and felt we rushed it. Lots of interactive stuff. Listening to the phone calls was my favourite. The talking wax figure telling jokes was both unexpected and enjoyable. Movies were short, insightful and to the point. Lots of artifacts too. Really wove the person with his work.
    Visited February 2020
    Traveled as a couple
    Written February 19, 2020
  • tonimI9810ZQ
    Plano, Texas36 contributions
    Presidential Library
    A nice par of history. A bunch of exhibitions, recommend giving it at least a 2-3 hours stay since there are lots of things to be seen. Great to learn about a Texan president and wife Lady Bird, their journey is a story that most people may not know since LBJ ain’t one of your household name presidents. A lot of Children on a Friday so can imagine it gets quite crowded with families on weekend.
    Visited September 2022
    Traveled as a couple
    Written September 13, 2022
  • pelarge
    258 contributions
    Interesting look back to the 60’s
    I was 7 when LBJ became President following the assassination of JFK, so much of the history I read about at this museum I missed while playing Barbies and jumping rope! However, it was a most interesting time in US history with many changes in civil rights, government-sponsored programs like Medicare becoming law and, of course, the war in Vietnam. LBJ recorded almost all his phone conversations, many of which we were able to listen to...fascinating! The museum is very well curated; we spent about three hours here and enjoyed it all.
    Visited January 2020
    Traveled as a couple
    Written January 18, 2020
  • Vicki A
    97 contributions
    Educational and Interesting
    We had never visited a presidential library before, so we didn't know what to expect. This was well worth the visit and $10 admission charge. It is a mini museum, of sorts, that chronicles the world events that transpired during LBJ's presidency. We walked through a virtual timeline of artifacts, memorabilia, and multimedia excerpts of the times. The most interesting thing was that LBJ had taped every conversation he had had in the White House. We listened to his conversations with MLKJr., Jackie Kennedy, Richard Nixon, Harry Truman, etc. Plan to spend about an hour or so there.
    Visited February 2020
    Written March 7, 2020
  • Paradise825314
    3 contributions
    Educational and Inspiring
    I really enjoyed the LBJ Library. It, of course, casts him in the best light, but nevertheless reminds us of all the really great and important things LBJ did in terms of civil rights. I think it's well designed for adults and kids alike. I learned a lot and came away inspired.
    Visited May 2019
    Written February 12, 2020
  • judy v
    56 contributions
    Excellent! Exceeded expectations!
    Four of us toured the Library and found it very informative and interesting. There were many stops along the way for 11 minute videos taking you through his life. Many pictures of him from childhood to presidential years. Lots of momentous. Loved his boots with Whitehouse presidential seal on them. He wore them all over the world except in White House. Loved Lady Bird’s boots too. Cowboy boots are very important to Texans! Learned so much about the many bills he supported. Learned more about his burden of Vietnam War. Heard crusty recordings of many conversations that revealed his personality. An animatronic exhibit is fantastic! His eyes bore into you and his hands look so real as they move! The jokes he tells are amusing. Love the Oval Office, limo, and clothing. The staff is helpful, courteous, and knowledgeable. Highly recommend.
    Visited February 2020
    Traveled with friends
    Written February 16, 2020
  • NemoTraveler
    Aarhus, Denmark661 contributions
    LBJ History
    The Library and Museum is located on the campus of The University of Texas in northern Austin. Parking is available, but we chose to take the bus (Capital Metro), which has a stop near the Library. Admission is USD 13 with discounts for children, seniors etc. Admission is free on Memorial Day and also on a number of other days throughout the year. The museum is located on three floors with several interesting exhibits and films too. LBJ spent many years in politics and the museum gave us som good insights. Definitely worth a visit.
    Visited May 2022
    Written June 3, 2022
  • pglejm
    Santa Cruz, California4,170 contributions
    Very interesting library
    It was nice to see LBJ get the accolades for all his efforts in helping the disadvantaged especially all the civil rights gains that the US made in the 60s. Unfortunately his involvement with the Vietnam war is prevalent on people’s minds to this day. The LBJ library is well laid out and easy to navigate. They also have a Motown exhibit to give you a sense of what music and culture were like during LBJ’s most prevalent time as President.
    Visited January 2020
    Traveled with friends
    Written January 11, 2020
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tonimI9810ZQ
Plano, TX36 contributions
Sep 2022 • Couples
A nice par of history. A bunch of exhibitions, recommend giving it at least a 2-3 hours stay since there are lots of things to be seen. Great to learn about a Texan president and wife Lady Bird, their journey is a story that most people may not know since LBJ ain’t one of your household name presidents. A lot of Children on a Friday so can imagine it gets quite crowded with families on weekend.
Written September 13, 2022
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pelarge
Tennessee258 contributions
Jan 2020 • Couples
I was 7 when LBJ became President following the assassination of JFK, so much of the history I read about at this museum I missed while playing Barbies and jumping rope! However, it was a most interesting time in US history with many changes in civil rights, government-sponsored programs like Medicare becoming law and, of course, the war in Vietnam. LBJ recorded almost all his phone conversations, many of which we were able to listen to...fascinating! The museum is very well curated; we spent about three hours here and enjoyed it all.
Written January 18, 2020
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Vicki A
97 contributions
Feb 2020
We had never visited a presidential library before, so we didn't know what to expect. This was well worth the visit and $10 admission charge. It is a mini museum, of sorts, that chronicles the world events that transpired during LBJ's presidency. We walked through a virtual timeline of artifacts, memorabilia, and multimedia excerpts of the times. The most interesting thing was that LBJ had taped every conversation he had had in the White House. We listened to his conversations with MLKJr., Jackie Kennedy, Richard Nixon, Harry Truman, etc. Plan to spend about an hour or so there.
Written March 7, 2020
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Paradise825314
3 contributions
May 2019
I really enjoyed the LBJ Library. It, of course, casts him in the best light, but nevertheless reminds us of all the really great and important things LBJ did in terms of civil rights. I think it's well designed for adults and kids alike. I learned a lot and came away inspired.
Written February 12, 2020
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

judy v
Hertford, North Carolina, United States56 contributions
Feb 2020 • Friends
Four of us toured the Library and found it very informative and interesting. There were many stops along the way for 11 minute videos taking you through his life. Many pictures of him from childhood to presidential years. Lots of momentous. Loved his boots with Whitehouse presidential seal on them. He wore them all over the world except in White House. Loved Lady Bird’s boots too. Cowboy boots are very important to Texans! Learned so much about the many bills he supported. Learned more about his burden of Vietnam War. Heard crusty recordings of many conversations that revealed his personality. An animatronic exhibit is fantastic! His eyes bore into you and his hands look so real as they move! The jokes he tells are amusing. Love the Oval Office, limo, and clothing. The staff is helpful, courteous, and knowledgeable. Highly recommend.
Written February 16, 2020
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NemoTraveler
Aarhus, Denmark661 contributions
May 2022
The Library and Museum is located on the campus of The University of Texas in northern Austin.

Parking is available, but we chose to take the bus (Capital Metro), which has a stop near the Library.
Admission is USD 13 with discounts for children, seniors etc. Admission is free on Memorial Day and also on a number of other days throughout the year.

The museum is located on three floors with several interesting exhibits and films too. LBJ spent many years in politics and the museum gave us som good insights. Definitely worth a visit.
Written June 3, 2022
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

pglejm
Santa Cruz, CA4,170 contributions
Jan 2020 • Friends
It was nice to see LBJ get the accolades for all his efforts in helping the disadvantaged especially all the civil rights gains that the US made in the 60s. Unfortunately his involvement with the Vietnam war is prevalent on people’s minds to this day. The LBJ library is well laid out and easy to navigate. They also have a Motown exhibit to give you a sense of what music and culture were like during LBJ’s most prevalent time as President.
Written January 11, 2020
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

AnAnthropologist
Florida1,310 contributions
Feb 2020 • Couples
I have been to other Presidential Libraries and they typically embellish history, downplay problems and enhance accomplishments and that is to be expected. Usually though you can learn some history even if it
is through Rose Colored glasses but that wasn’t possible here. There was very little history and the design made it awkward to visit. In addition to completely downplaying the Vietnam war and suggesting LBJ had a warm and collegial relationship with Russians, what it did present was boring. A significant portion of the exhibit was dedicated to memorabilia from the time periods (movie posters, a Monkees lunch box, a video of the Beatles) and there was a gallery of pictures of other Presidents and First Ladies. Save your money and time and do something else.
Written February 16, 2020
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PiperMeadow
Massachusetts31 contributions
Feb 2020 • Friends
I went to the library knowing next to nothing about LBJ and came away with an appreciation for the man and his accomplishments during a unique time in US history. The exhibits are well designed with a good mix of things to read and videos. The one that will stay with me is his remarks to the Cabinet on the day after JFK’s assassination. What leadership!

I recognize that presidential libraries may not give a full, balanced view of history. Rather, I think the goal is to give the president’s view. The LBJ library emphasizes his determination, incredibly long list of legislative accomplishments, and devotion to his country.
Written February 29, 2020
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Richard H A
Austin, TX3 contributions
Jan 2020
Visited LBJ library for about the 10th time and saw the MoTown exhibit. Brought back a lot of memories of singers and entertainers i had not thought about for years. One of the best special exhibits i have seen there. Grandsons loved it, especially the display where they could see themselves dance and where they could play drums.
Written February 6, 2020
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