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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 18 January 2014

Not terribly handicapped friendly, but excellent displays -- with lots of thought and consideration to showing LBJ in the context of the times and history. Occasional opportunities to sit and watch short movies. DISLIKE the old listen to the phone exhibits. Got a parking ticket when I did not read the WHOLE sign on a Saturday! DRAT!! poor signage to find the ACTUAL parking lot and front of building...but all in all very enjoyable.

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Reviewed 17 January 2014

Among the many things to do while in Austin, is the Lyndon Baines Johnson Presidential Library Museum on the campus of the University of Texas. It is fairly easy to get to: we walked from our downtown hotel (a healthy walk) and took a city bus back ($2 for a 24 hour pass, a real bargain!).
My wife and I are old enough to remember LBJ, though only vaguely, so our visit to the Library Museum was an important lesson in history— not only of a President’s Administration, but also a glimpse into our nation’s challenges during difficult years.
Our LBJ visit left us with such a profound impression, we’ve decided to make the rounds to all thirteen of the Presidential Libraries/Museums. On our winter road-trip from Florida to California and back, we visited six of them and plan to visit the remaining northern and mid-west museums when weather is a bit more hospitable. Anyone interested in taking on the challenge should purchase the Presidential Libraries/Museums “Passport” and have it stamped at each museum. Regardless of your personal political persuasion, it well worth spending time with our nation’s presidents and experiencing history through their eyes. It will make you proud!

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Reviewed 16 January 2014

We had never visited a presidential library and truthfully were prepared for some dry history museum. I will begin by saying we will be visiting other presidential libraries soon. Maybe because these LBJ years were our college years and we lived the history, it is not surprising that the whole exhibit bought back a torrent of memories. From the JFK assasination to the Vietnam war to the music to the movies, everything was depicted perfectly. I guess we had no great admiration for LBJ because our memories were tainted by the negativity of the press. Only now can we look back at what was in the library to realize what a brilliant leader, compassionate man and tireless warrior for human rights LBJ was. Many of the exhibits truly brought tears to our eyes and many of the exhibits brought wide smiles and glowing warm memories. I think it would behoove young people of all ages to visit what real leaders and real government were like and what we should be seeking today. History is a wonderful teacher. This was certainly not a dull history museum.

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Reviewed 14 January 2014

Our 11 and 13 year old kids did not have the LBJ Library on their list of things to see in Austin. However, I had to almost drag them out so we could visit other sites. We were blown away by the LBJ Library and Museum. The kids enjoyed the interactive exhibits and the many items dedicated to describing the period of time he was in office. The adults in the group all said they learned alot about LBJ that they didn't know. Overall, a great experience for all of us. I would even go back again if I make a return trip to Austin.

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Reviewed 12 January 2014

I have to give LBJ a lot more credit than I ever did. He enacted so many impressive pieces of legislation that through time he may gain in stature in spite of his relationship to the Vietnam War. Thanks to the artful way the LBJ Library was laid out, I was able to see the total picture of the man...how he changed his attitudes...how he was able to bully the best politicians...and how he became immersed in social reform. Through interactive exhibits, prior phone recordings (one with Bess Truman was a delight), and even a robotic "dummy" I was able to journey on his journey and oh what tragic/fun it was. There was good and bad throughout his political career and without this wonderful space, I wouldn't have had a clue. Thank you for a fine education in a facility that was peaceful, visually interesting and not overly demanding.

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