George H.W. Bush Presidential Library and Museum

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Ardent supporters of former President George H.W. Bush will delight in a road trip to the late President Bush's presidential library and museum. The presidential library and museum is located about 97 miles northwest of Houston, making it a great daytrip for those interested in politics and history.  The museum features both permanent collections and rotating exhibits. The permanent collections chronicle the former president's life in its entirety, from his time as a congressman to the CIA, as well as what he and his wife, Barbara Bush, did as private citizens after their time in the White House.

In addition to learning about the lives of George and Barbara Bush, visitors can snap pictures of themselves in the museum's Oval Office replica as well as peer into recreations of President Bush's Camp David and Situation Room. There are also plenty of incredible artifacts available at this attraction, including all the state gifts Bush received as president, a part of the Berlin Wall and a World War II Avenger Torpedo Bomber plane, to name a few. In total, the library and museum is home to more than 100,000 artifacts from President Bush's life. 

Recent visitors say no matter what your political affiliation is, a visit to the George H.W. Bush Presidential Library and Museum is worthwhile. Travelers really enjoyed learning about the man behind the president and after touring the exhibits, many felt like they gained a newfound respect and appreciation for his life of service. Visitors were also complimentary of the staff for their kindness, depth of knowledge and eagerness to answer questions. After your visit, be sure to stroll around the grounds, as multiple visitors found them to be beautiful and serene.

The George H.W. Bush Presidential Library and Museum is open from 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday and from noon to 5 p.m. on Sunday. Admission is $9 for adults, $7 for seniors and retired military (with valid ID), and $3 for youths. For more information, visit the George H.W. Bush Presidential Library and Museum website.

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