Past Rotating Exhibits

Remember Pearl Harbor

Pearl Harbor Remembered

Thursday November 10, 2016 to Saturday December 31, 2016

The attack on Pearl Harbor was the turning point of the 20th Century. Life world-wide would never be the same. No nation could remain isolated from the actions of others. For Americans, it was galvanizing. People had a “unity of purpose”. Boys became men, and men became heroes. 

Men who would become future Presidents all felt the call to take action. Many were already in military service and in the Reserves. Those who could, enlisted. Those who were in government found effective ways to engage in the war effort. The paths they chose would influence the course of their lives for years to come. 

This exhibit consists of digital images, documents, an interactive station and a video which shows President Roosevelt’s “Day of Infamy” speech. The exhibit is located in the Presidential Rotunda and will be on display from now through December 31, 2016.

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911 Steel

Remembering September 11th

Sunday August 28, 2016 to Friday September 30, 2016

For the 15th anniversary of the September 11 attacks, the George H.W. Bush Presidential Library and Museum will feature a unique exhibit featuring a section of steel from the World Trade Center towers donated by the Texas Engineering Extension Service's elite urban search and rescue team, Texas Task Force 1. The steel structural beam weighs in excess of 2,000 pounds.

The exhibit, Remembering September 11, will showcase photographs, posters, a rescue uniform, stuffed search and rescue dog, artifacts and personal effects from the state's renowned urban search and rescue team. The exhibit will be on display from September 2 to September 29, 2016.

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Driven to Drive: Defining Our Identity

Monday May 16, 2016 to Monday January 9, 2017

The automobile transformed the way Americans lived and how they defined their identities. This exhibit explores how the evolution of car designs and functions reflected the progression of twentieth century America. 

In partnership with the Houston Automobile & Transportation Museum, this exhibit tells the story of the automobile through historical objects, interactive media and hands-on displays, highlighting cars beginning with the 1950s through the present and into the future.

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Mark Burns

The National Parks Photography Project

Monday November 30, 2015 to Monday March 21, 2016

Centered around the centennial anniversary of America's National Park Service in 2016, the exhibit celebrates the important role that the visual image has played in the history and creation of our national parks. The core of this exhibit is the timeless black and white photography of American photographer Mark Burns. These photographs were taken from 2011 through 2015 with one iconic photograph from each of America's 59 national parks. 

A portion of this exhibit will also pay tribute to early painters and photographers.

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Americans With Disabilities Display

Americans with Disabilities Act: Twenty Five Years

Tuesday April 21, 2015 to Friday January 22, 2016

President Bush considered the passage of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) in 1990 among the finest achievements of his administration, calling it the greatest piece of civil rights legislation in years.

When he signed the Act on July 26, 1990, he stated, “With today’s signing of the landmark Americans with Disabilities Act, every man, woman and child with a disability can now pass through once closed doors into a bright new era of equality, independence and freedom.”

To commemorate the 25th anniversary of the passing of the Americans with Disabilities Act, visit the exhibit in our rotunda. It will be on display now through January 2016.

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History in the Making: Texas A&M Forest Service

Thursday March 12, 2015 to Sunday November 8, 2015

This year, the Texas A&M Forest Service (TFS) celebrates a century of leadership in protecting and sustaining the state’s trees, forests and related natural resources. From the first efforts of a few forest patrolmen on horseback in East Texas to today’s statewide network of protection, TFS has been on the front line – training and equipping landowners, communities and fire departments to prevent, prepare for, and protect against wildfires.

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Art Teacher

Spotlight on Art Educators

Thursday November 20, 2014 to Wednesday May 20, 2015

The ongoing "Spotlight on Art Educators" exhibit in the Bush Library and Museum's rotunda displays original artwork from area art educators.

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Conquering Cancer

Sunday September 28, 2014 to Monday September 28, 2015

Since the tragic death of their 3-year-old daughter, Robin, from cancer, President and Mrs. Bush have been inspired and motivated to fight this terrible disease. Robin's passing stirred their lifetime commitment to do whatever they could to bring an end to cancer.

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Offshore Drilling: The Promise of Discovery

Monday March 31, 2014 to Sunday February 1, 2015

George Bush was a successful and pioneering Texas oilman, first on land and then offshore in the Gulf of Mexico. As a tribute to his role in the development and use of the innovative independent leg offshore jack-up rig, Scorpion, launched by LeTourneau in 1956, the exhibit tells the story of offshore drilling. Visitors will gain an understanding of the history, evolution and future of offshore drilling, while learning about the work of George Bush, emerging technologies and ongoing research at Texas A&M University.

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Washington’s Acts of Congress

Monday August 26, 2013 to Monday September 9, 2013

George Washington's personal copy of the Laws of the United States, First Session 1789, also known as the Acts of Congress, was on display at the13 Presidential Libraries including the George H.W. Bush Presidential Library and Museum, through a special partnership between the National Archives and the Mount Vernon Ladies' Association.

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