The George Bush Presidential Library and Museum is the presidential library of George H. W. Bush, the 41st President of the United States. It was dedicated on November 6, 1997 and opened to the public shortly thereafter. It was designed by the architectural firm of Hellmuth, Obata and Kassabaum.
Bush Presidential Library and Museum is located on a site on the
west campus of Texas A&M University in College Station, Texas.
Library and Museum is situated on a plaza adjoining the
Presidential Conference Center and the George Bush
School of Government and Public Service
. It operates under the
administration of the NARA under the provisions of the Presidential Libraries Act of
The archives contains over 38 million pages of personal papers and
official documents from the Vice Presidency and Presidency as well
as personal records from associates connected with President Bush's
public career as congressman, Ambassador to the United Nations,
Chief of the U.S. Liaison Office in China, Chairman of the
Republican National Committee, and Director of the Central
Intelligence Agency. As in all NARA presidential libraries, records
are housed in acid-free storage (Hollinger) boxes in a balanced
humidity and temperature atmosphere. The archival storage area
houses of records and the library has a National Security vault
holding of Presidential Records. In addition to memoranda,
speeches, and reports found in the textual collection, there is an
extensive audiovisual and photographic archive that includes
approximately one million photographs and thousands of hours of
audio and video tape.
The museum has of permanent exhibit space and of temporary exhibit
space. Permanent exhibits draw on the best of the museum collection
to visually convey the essence of George Bush's life and public
service career and to illustrate historical events of this period
in American history. Changing exhibits will explore topics on the
Bush Administration, American history, American Presidents,
On April 23
permanent exhibit closed for complete renovation (though the
temporary exhibit gallery remained open, hosting the popular
"Traveling White House in Miniature" exhibit). Since it reopened on
, 2007, the permanent exhibit
features (like many other presidential libraries), a replica of the
Oval Office; unlike those presidential libraries, visitors will be
able to fully enter the replica, sit behind the president's desk,
and have a souvenir photo taken.
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