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Set on 23 acres in northern Dallas' University Park, The George W. Bush Presidential Library houses extensive textual, audiovisual and electronic records from the 43rd presidency. As you can imagine, the library is more of a research facility than it is a tourist attraction. Instead, casual visitors should make their way to the adjacent 14,000-square-foot museum, where detailed displays explore such events of Bush's time in office as 9/11, as well as the themes of education reform and the economic crisis. Inside the museum, you'll find interactive exhibits that put you in the former president's shoes: You can walk around a replica of the Oval Office, and in the Decision Points Theater, you can experience the Bush administration's decision- and policy-making process.
According to recent visitors, the highlight of a visit to the George W. Bush Presidential Library & Museum was the 9/11 exhibit, which they describe as extensive and well-organized. Travelers say that the exhibit, which contains a piece of steel from the World Trade Center, is moving, especially if you have friends or family in the military.
You'll find the George W. Bush Presidential Library & Museum on the eastern edge of the Southern Methodist University campus, a short walk from the Mockingbird light rail station (served by the Blue, Orange and Red lines). You can also reach the museum from downtown Dallas by car via Route 75 North. Parking is available in the Bush Center lot for $5 for the first hour and 75 cents for each additional 30 minutes. The museum is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday, and from noon to 5 p.m. on Sunday. Admission to the museum is $16 for adults with discounts available for seniors, students and children; kids ages 4 and younger can enter for free. If you purchased a Dallas CityPASS, your admission fee is covered. To learn more, visit the George W. Bush Presidential Library & Museum website.
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