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George Bush Presidential Library and Museum
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Owner description: The George Bush Presidential Library and Museum is a research institution and academic environment dedicated to the preservation, research and exhibit of official records, personal papers and memorabilia from the life and career of George H.W. Bush, the 41st President of the United States, with more than 43 million pages of official and personal papers, 2 million photos, 2,500 hours of videotape and 100,000 museum objects. Covering much of U.S. history since 1941, the library and museum features a World War II Avenger Torpedo Bomber, a 1947 Studebaker, a piece of the Berlin Wall, and precise replicas of President Bush's Oval Office, Camp David office and White House Situation Room. The museum also features a temporary exhibit gallery which lends to an ever-changing museum to visit. Museum hours are Monday through Saturday from 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday from noon to 5 p.m.; closed Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year’s Day.
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Reviewed August 27, 2013

Great museum, history and location - we just had not planned on a whole day and will definitely have to go back someday soon!

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Reviewed August 25, 2013

We were impressed by the complete picture we got of George H.W. Bush from the exhibits at the Library. We enjoyed the audio wands which we received with our admission. It was narrated and followed the exhibits, giving a more complete picture of what you were looking at. Some of the narration was done by Doro Bush Koch, daughter of the President, giving a very personal flavor to his story. We enjoyed being able to actually sit on the furniture in the Oval Office (instead of walking around the ropes as at other Presidential Library displays of the Oval Office). The story of the President was told in an orderly way with plenty of pictures, videos, and interactive displays. I loved the Literacy Corner, with plenty of books and couches to use to read, also a small child-size White House to crawl into and view a TV with Barbara Bush reading her children's books. The Comedy show in that room was hysterical and really showed the down-home genuineness of the Bushes, able to laugh at themselves. It was a delight to visit this Library! So glad we did.

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Reviewed August 22, 2013

This is an excellent stop for one and all. The museum gives you the life history of the 41st President of the United States and his wife. Not only do they cover the President but there is always a traveling exhibition on hand that usually changes every 12 months. So come back often.

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Reviewed August 20, 2013

This is a very nicely done museum. We very much enjoyed the exhibits that told of President Bush's military service and younger days. The memorabilia were nice, and it was cool to see a replica Oval Office and sit in the same chair the former President has sat in. Funny clips from Saturday Night Live too. Definitely worth a visit if you like history!

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Reviewed August 19, 2013

This museum gives a detailed insight into the life of our 41st President. From trials and tribulations, to those monumental moments, nothing is left unturned. Stroll through at a leisurely pace and you will notice various artifacts, sculptures, and videos, all depicting pieces of our country's history. Stop for a moment and take your picture behind the Presidential podium, or if a more scholarly look is your forte, take a seat at the replicated oval office, and snap away while the very knowledgeable page informs you of the history behind each piece in the room. Once finished in the indoor museum, stroll the gardens. Passing another artifact of the Berlin Wall, walk back behind the pond, and stop to reflect a moment at the grave of the Bushes lost daughter, Robin. Overall, a very moving experience and highly recommended!

Recommendation: When you enter, take a few moments and watch the video offered in the front room off the rotunda. Even if you *think* you know all there is to know about President Bush, you may be pleasantly surprised!

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