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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.
Reviewed 11 November 2013 via mobile

I expected it to be dry and boring but it was actually informative and interesting. Lots of interactive displays, some animatronics, and lots of memories of those turbulent and changing times. If you have fond, or even not-so-fond memories of the 60s, you'll find it compelling. Plan on spending about 2 hours for a general overview of all the exhibits or about 3 hours to read and experience everything in detail. They asked for voluntary donations when we went today but will begin charging an admission fee in a couple of days. If you're near the UT campus in Austin, it's worth a stop.

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Reviewed 6 November 2013

I thought about LBJ and the presidency very differently after a visit to this presidential library. The exhibits are well-done and the technology is up-to-date. There were replicas od the Oval Office and Lady Bird's office. This museum would be good for ages 10 and up. There is a lot of reading. It would be possible to go through quickly in about an hour. History buffs might want to spend a long afternoon or morning just listening to President Johnson's taped conversations. The museum and parking is free and the library is located right on the University of Texas campus.

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Reviewed 4 November 2013

My friends and I were warmly welcomed when we arrived at the LBJ library. People of different political persuasion would be interested in this museum/library. I especially enjoyed listening to conversations between Lady Bird and LBJ! It certainly takes you back to a time when elected officials in Washington worked with one another! There is no admission fee and there is definitely something there for children and adults to enjoy. There was plenty of parking.

Thank nyjen3
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Reviewed 3 November 2013

really enjoyed it. Excellent presidential library. Really illustrated what it was like to be a President, especially in the turbulent 60s.

Thank mrticket
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Reviewed 1 November 2013

very professionally done - great insights into LBJ, his story telling was a real hoot! there is LBJ with his boots up on the fence rail, and he comes to life as you pass - you need to be there1

Thank Don154943
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