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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.
Houston, Texas
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed January 3, 2014

My wife and I had visited the LBJ two times before, but went again to show our extend family this fine facility. Plus, we were eager to go again because we had heard that there had been some updating of the exhibits.

It was a great visit - the exhibits were "refreshed", and we were reminded again of those tumultuous times of the 60's and of the sometimes controversial legacy of LBJ.

My wife and I have now seen six Presidential Libraries, and we rank this one right up there with the Ronal Reagan Library in Simi Valley, California - quite a statement for me, a very "blue" Democrat! We recommend the Reagan Library and the George W. Bush Library as well.

Visited December 2013
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Seattle, Washington
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“Engrossing and impressive”
Reviewed January 1, 2014

Having never been to a Presidential Library, I'm so glad I decided to visit this rather majestic museum.

The structure strikes an imposing figure -- stark white and solid. But once you enter, it's like entering a fortress and immediately you're struck by the somber, serious and comtemplative mood inside. You quickly figure out that the time period during which LBJ was President was arduous. And looking at the various exhibits, you really get a sense of the challenges of that portion of American history.

There are numerous exhibits spanning three floors. All are easy to read -- with very interesting and engaging photographs. There are some interactive portions as well. The most impressive portion was the exhibit that traces LBJ's time as President -- including the assassination of JFK. Tons of good information.

There's a fun exhibit that helps to give visitors a sense of what life in the White House was like. There are replicas of both LBJ's Oval Office (very cool) and Lady Bird's own personal office (rather interesting, too).

I left the museum more knowledgable about American history and sympathetic to LBJ, who is obviously one of the most complex political figures from the 20th century.

Highly, highly recommended!

Visited December 2013
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Memphis, TN
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“impressed with LBJ legacy”
Reviewed December 31, 2013

We were greeted by the most wonderful woman who explained the floor plan and exhibits. She must have been in her 80's and was so enthusiastic. There was a wonderful side exhibit of photographs of the American soldier from civil war to present.
Our 30 something kids,were quite impressed as to LBJ's accomplishments. We lived through those times and new of his ups and downs. There is one creepy exhibit of an LBJ moving automatron and talking.

Visited December 2013
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Corpus Christi, TX
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“Texas History!”
Reviewed December 30, 2013

While the location can be a little confusing to get to, the experience is well worth the price of admission. The exhibits are very informative and interesting. You will learn much more than you ever did about LBJ and his legacy. additionally, you will see how very involved Lady Bird Johnson was involved in so many facets of his presidency, and why she is the most beloved First Lady in the great state of Texas. A fun and interesting way to spend a couple of hours.

Visited November 2013
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Iowa City, Iowa
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“Great stop”
Reviewed December 30, 2013

wonderful historic site. You can go though it in 1.5 hours easily. We really liked the emphasis on Lady Bird's life as well.

Visited December 2013
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