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LBJ Presidential Library
Ranked #5 of 338 things to do in Austin
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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 22 November 2013

This is a wonderful museum with well thought out displays, exhibits and films. If you have the time listen to recordings of some of his phone calls. The museum is free but you can make a donation.

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Reviewed 18 November 2013

Everything you ever wanted to know about LBJ's presidency is here in exhibits that intrigue and inform. The place is huge, so wear comfortable shoes and plan on spending at least 3 hours. There is a gift shop, but no restaurant. A small cafeteria is in a university building next door. Docent-led guided tours are available.

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Reviewed 18 November 2013

I ventured over to the LBJ library one afternoon while in town and I was pleasantly surprised at what I learned.

They have several films that don't bore you for hours; they are packaged tightly and give you a good view of the man. I also am happy that they made it clear that he could be an abrasive jerk too.

I was touched by the JFK assassination coverage and stayed in that room for a while. Notes from the day and LBJ's suit he was wearing when he took the oath of office are on display.

If you have extra time, be sure to listen to some of his phone calls. I felt like I was easedropping on one where he's talking with Jackie Kennedy a few days after the assassination.

I enjoyed seeing how his Oval Office was set up. Having been to the real Oval Office, I thought I was losing my mind when I felt that this one was smaller than the real deal. But after talking with a museum guide, I learned that indeed this replica is 1/8 smaller than the real one....I wasn't losing my mind after all!

A lot more to see so spend two hours and you'll really get to know LBJ!

Thank 3Dtravelpro
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Reviewed 14 November 2013

I wasn't sure what to expect. I had never visited a Presidential Library before. It was intriguing to learn more about the politics of my parents’ generation. Music, TV shows, magazines, and art from the era are on display near the entrance; which brought context to the social issues of LBJ’s administration. Overall, it was time well spent.

Thank Lindsey S
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Reviewed 14 November 2013

This library is very well done about the history of LBJ's life. There are 3 floors to walk through, and many things to read. There isn't a cost but a suggested donation. If you have some time, I recommend a visit.

Thank Mitt
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