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LBJ Presidential Library
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Owner description: The LBJ Presidential Library houses 45 million pages of historical documents, including 650,000 photos, one million feet of film, 2,000 oral histories, and 5,000 hours of recordings from the public career of President Lyndon B. Johnson and his close associates. In addition to permanent exhibits which tell the story of Lyndon B. Johnson's presidency, the library hosts temporary exhibits throughout the year. The Library is open every day (except for Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year's Day), 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Admission is $8 for adults, $5 for seniors 62 and older, $3 for children 13-17, and $3 for college students with valid ID. Free admission is given to children 12 and under, active military, student groups, and UT students, faculty, staff and administrators with valid ID. Free parking is available in visitor lot #38.
Downers Grove, Illinois
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“Worth the Visit”
Reviewed April 5, 2014

I love seeing Presidential homes, you learn so much about them. LBJ's boyhood home is in nearby in Johnson City. Allow a lot of time, it takes awhile to drive from the visitor center to the home.

Visited March 2014
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Glendale, California, United States
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“A Glimpse into a bygone era”
Reviewed April 3, 2014

As a history buff, I was very pleased with the way the museum was laid out. For someone who was a young adult in the 1960's, the museum brought back a lot of memories. In this regard, the exhibit showing the Kennedy assassination was extremely sad to view.

Overall, the museum did a good job of showing LBJ's impact on social progress in the areas of civil rights and Medicare. However, I felt they completely glossed over Johnson's questionable actions in Vietnam. A little more balance to the "yin and yang" of Lyndon Johnson would have made the museum a more remarkable and honest experience.

Visited April 2014
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Sarasota, Florida
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“A Look Back in America's History”
Reviewed April 1, 2014

We visited the LBJ Library in Austin on a recent business trip. We were glad to see a 50% discount for military ID holders too. The Library features all the history one would expect to see in a presidential library. The building was massive with 5 floors of archived documents that was open to the general public, however three floors were filled with Johnson, Kennedy, and other 60s presidential paraphernalia. On the top floor expect to find a mock-up of the Oval Office as it was in the Johnson era. A humorous full size wax figure of LBJ will surely keep you entertained. We enjoyed the tour and would recommend a tour.

Visited March 2014
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Atlanta, Georgia
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“Unexpected pleasure”
Reviewed March 31, 2014

The museum was very easy to find. We have been to 6 Presidential Libraries and the LBJ museum is in the top 3. It does a great job of telling the full story of LBJ, showing him to be much more than the Vice President who was in Dallas that terrible day. They treat the assassination with proper respect, but do not dwell on the tragedy. In addition to learning about LBJ, visitors get a great look at life in the 60's. It was a very good experience.

Visited March 2014
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“Worth 10 times the price of admission!”
Reviewed March 30, 2014 via mobile

LBJ Library is impressive all the way around. The architecture is great, the views of the city and campus are great, and the immense amount of history is stunning.

It is easy to forget how much was accomplished in the Johnson administration, until you visit the library. If you have any interest in the 60s, the civil rights struggle, or the history of this nation, don't miss this in Austin!

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