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LBJ Presidential Library
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Owner description: Located on a 30-acre site on The University of Texas at Austin campus, the LBJ Presidential Library is one of 14 presidential libraries administered by the National Archives and Records Administration. Visitors have the opportunity to experience the life and times of Lyndon B. Johnson, one of our nation's most fascinating presidents, and the era of his administration—the turbulent 1960s. HOURS & ADMISSION The library is open daily (except for Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year's Day), 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Admission is $10 for adults, $7 for seniors 62 and older, $5 for former military, $3 for youth 13-17, and $3 for non-UT Austin college/university students with valid ID. Free admission is 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. FEATURES & EXHIBITIONS Exhibitions incorporate interactive elements with historical and cultural artifacts. - Listen to dozens of LBJ's historic White House telephone conversations - Step into a replica of the Oval Office - Experience the president's decision-making process in interactive displays about the Six-Day War and Vietnam War - Discover how legislation signed by LBJ affects you today - Peek into Lady Bird Johnson's office and learn about her environmental efforts and White House Years ARCHIVES & MUSEUM COLLECTION The library houses more than 45 million pages, an extensive audiovisual collection, including more than 650,000 photos and 5,000 hours of recordings, and approximately 55,000 artifacts donated by the President and Mrs. Johnson, their family, friends, and the American people. THE STORE AT LBJ The LBJ museum store offers a selection of books, DVDs, and custom designed souvenirs that reflect the content of the library's permanent exhibition space and the life and career of LBJ.
Reviewed February 10, 2013

We just returned from an afternoon at the recently renovated LBJ Presidential Library. I thought it was a fascinating look into a complex time in history and a man with the weight of the world on his shoulders as President. I had not realized the extent of his efforts in civil rights, education reform, including Head Start, the creation of Medicare and Medicaid, and, of course, the war on poverty. It was interesting getting to listen to sections of audio recorded conversations he had with others related to Vietnam, civil rights, and various political issues throughout the exhibit. I also enjoyed the videos and pop culture items of those times that were displayed, which actually provided a framework and setting for the events that occurred. When we visited today, there was no admission fee but donations were accepted. I don't know if its always this way or not.

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Reviewed February 9, 2013

Lyndon Johnson became president at the height of a maelstrom of social and political upheaval in the USA, including the assassination of President Kennedy that vaulted LBJ into office. Racial strife, widespread poverty, the Vietnam War, and the hippie revolution were all raging, and the new president faced impossibly conflicting expectations from the country.

The LBJ museum vividly documents that era and the difficulty of the challenges Johnson faced, showing his weaknesses along with his strengths. It documents his rural Texas upbringing and his rise from local to national politics, and follows him to Washington where in five years he created a legacy that few presidents can match.

Nothing came easily during Johnson's presidency, which was always a battle between his long-held desire to make the country more just and tolerant, and his inability to abolish Selective Service and exit Vietnam promptly and without admitting defeat.

The takeaway for me is that despite his being labelled a warmonger who was driven only by personal ambition, LBJ managed to achieve an enduring legacy of social legislation, including the Civil Rights Act, the War on Poverty, Medicare, Medicaid, school reforms, and urban renewal. Lady Bird Johnson also did much to enhance the American environment long before that theme was popular.

We're going back to Austin next month, and are looking forward to spending another afternoon in the museum that provides so many insights into a president who was as complex and fascinating as the times in which he served.

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Reviewed February 8, 2013

The tour of the museum is educational and inspiring and doesn't take too long. It's about two hours.

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Reviewed February 3, 2013

I liked the way the Library is laid out, and found the exhibits very interesting, only wish we'd had more time.

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Reviewed January 31, 2013

The museum portion is now reopened after renovating the exhibits. This was my first visit. I truly enjoyed the mix of film shorts, audio exhibits, as well the collections of letters. I asked about a particular quote, and the museum staff responded very quickly via email.

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