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The Bush Library and Museum is a federal facility under the authority of the National Archives and Records Administration in Washington D.C. and is not guided by Texas state laws concerning the lifting of Coronavirus restrictions.

Exhibit

Permanent Collection

Symbols of the Presidency

Symbols of the Presidency

There are many icons synonymous with the President of the United States. Here you will get the chance to have a detailed look at a presidential limousine, a three-foot crystal Presidential Seal and other symbols of the presidency.

Bust of George Bush

Family Traditions

Family Traditions

Wander through the Bush Family scrapbook, viewing the family through pictures, videos, and more. This exhibit tells the story of George Bush's childhood, his strong ties to family, and how he has passed this bond onto his children and grandchildren. You can also explore Walker's Point, the home in Kennebunkport that has been in the Bush family for generations. 

Vice President Bush playing with his grandchildren

Pierce Family

Pierce Family

Take a glimpse at the childhood and family history of the woman who would one day be the mother of a President and the First Lady of the United States of America, Barbara Pierce Bush. 

Pauline Robinson Pierce with her four children

Duty, Honor, Country

Duty, Honor, Country

This area of the museum is dedicated to the history of World War II and the impact the attack on Pearl Harbor had on a young George Bush. A highlight of this area is the restored 1944 TBM Avenger, just like the aircraft Bush flew as a Navy pilot. A model of an aircraft carrier and many of George Bush's personal mementos complete this portion of the museum. 

Hanging airplane display

From Flyboy to Goldenboy – Marriage and Yale

From Flyboy to Goldenboy – Marriage and Yale

Steal a look into the newly married life of George and Barbara in this lovely exhibit that features a stunning replica of Barbara's wedding gown. Their young life at Yale and their growing family are documented with original photographs and letters.

Prescott Bush family at George Bush's wedding

Making Our Own Way

Making Our Own Way

A restored 1947 Studebaker (identical to the one Bush drove to Texas in 1948) welcomes you into the life of the family as they began a new journey in West Texas. It is here that George W. was joined by siblings Pauline Robinson (Robin), John (Jeb), Neil, Marvin, and Dorothy (Doro) Bush. Included in this area is the tragic story of Robin's fatal battle with Leukemia.  

Studebaker

Taking Risks

Taking Risks

George's success in the oil business and the creation of the Zapata Offshore Company, which ushered in a new era in the oil drilling industry, is detailed here. Vintage video included in this area shows the launching of revolutionary new drilling technology used by Zapata. 

View of a Zapata oil drilling platform

The Congressman from Texas

The Congressman from Texas

Beneath the towering presence of this 30-foot tall replica of our nation's Capitol dome, follow in George's footsteps as he begins his new career as a United States Congressman. There are also many pictures, articles and political advertisements from George's first successful campaign.

Bush interviews children in Vietnam

Working for Peace

Working for Peace

After serving as a Congressman, President Nixon selected George Bush to be the Ambassador to the United Nations. The amazing murals and recreation of a portion of the U.N. create the feeling that you are at U.N. Headquarters during the turbulent years of the early 1970s. 

George Bush meeting President Nixon

Serving the Party

Serving the Party

In late 1972, Ambassador Bush assumed the role of Chairman of the Republican National Committee. Throughout 1973, Bush worked hard to keep the stain of Watergate from tainting the Republican Party. On exhibit here is a whimsical and elegant display of elephants, the well-known symbol of the Republican Party, from the museum's collection of over twelve hundred. 

George Bush meeting with President Nixon

The Challenge of the Unknown (China)

The Challenge of the Unknown (China)

Experience China through the camera lens of Barbara Bush. A large mural of a picture she took while George was serving as Chief of the U.S. Liaison Office spans the wall, while the large red and turquoise pagoda offers a glimpse of life in Peking (now known as Beijing) for George and Barbara Bush. There before the United States had established normal diplomatic relations with the People's Republic of China, the Bushes jumped right in as George essentially served as the chief American diplomat in Peking. The video slideshow comes from Barbara Bush's personal collection.  

George Bush speaking with Yu Zhan

A Firm Yes (CIA)

A Firm Yes (CIA)

In 1976, during the Ford Administration, George Bush became the Director of the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA). Bush took on the tremendous task of improving the image of the Agency and curbing Agency excesses, while still being able to provide the President's office with essential intelligence data. The decisions he made during this time helped restore the image of the CIA and maintain the essential balance of power during the Cold War. Open the drawers to see spy equipment used by agents during this time. 

George Bush being sworn in as Director of CIA

Journey to the Presidency

Journey to the Presidency

As Vice President, George Bush traveled an estimated 1.3 million miles, a distance equal to about fifty-four trips around the world! An interactive map details this impressive amount of travel, and interactive programs allow you the opportunity to view hundreds of documents from the Library's Archives regarding some of these important trips. Also included are many articles and pictures which record this important stepping stone for the soon-to-be President. 

Reagan Bush

Mr. President

Mr. President

George Bush was elected the 41st President of the United States on Nov. 8, 1988. Bush won 53.1% of the popular vote and 426 electoral votes. Read a copy of the Houston Chronicle from the day after the election, and see photos of President Bush’s inauguration Jan. 20, 1989.

President and Mrs. Bush at the Inaugural Ball

The President and Mrs. Bush Request

The President and Mrs. Bush Request

President and Mrs. Bush hosted many important events while they were at the White House, and some of the most sophisticated were State Dinners. A bigger than life mural makes you feel as if you are standing in the dining room with the guests. One of Mrs. Bush's elegant gowns and one of President Bush's distinguished tuxedos are on display.

President endorsing Bushes run for the Presidency

Press Room Theater

Press Room Theater

Have you ever wondered what it would be like to give a press conference at the White House? Here you can step into the role of the President and read a speech from the teleprompter. Also, watch a video of President Bush's inauguration, and learn about Vice President Quayle's contributions to the Administration. 

Press Room Theater Exhibit

The Seat of Power

The Seat of Power

For the first time ever at a Presidential Library, you can sit behind the most powerful desk in the world. The Oval Office exhibit features a replica of the President's desk, decorated just as President Bush had it while he was in office. Don't forget to have the docent take your photo as you sit in the seat of power. 

President Bush at his desk in the Oval Office

Domestic Leadership

Domestic Leadership

The perfect backdrop for this section on President Bush's domestic policy is the large scale mural that features photos from various programs and initiatives. Sit at an interactive kiosk and learn about the Bush Administration's domestic policy, which included the Americans with Disabilities and Clear Air Acts.

President Bush signing NAFTA

Gifts of State

Gifts of State

Foreign Heads of State often give exquisite works of art and craftsmanship that reflect their nation's artistry, geography, industry, technology, religion, and history. On display is just a sample of the countless gifts received by President Bush while in Office. You can also explore more gifts, and the countries from which they were given, at the interactive kiosk.

Sculpture of tribesmen carrying their King

To Help Everyday (Barbara Bush)

To Help Everyday (Barbara Bush)

This special area of the museum is dedicated to the First Lady. You can take a look at Barbara Bush's busy schedule and watch a film on Mrs. Bush. The exhibit also contains many artifacts representing her exemplary service during her time as First Lady. 

Mrs. Bush with children at Andrews Air Force Base

Literacy Overlook

Literacy Overlook

The Overlook is the perfect place to settle into a comfortable chair or couch while you read one of the many books available to your kids or grandkids. The kids can crawl inside the White House model and hear Mrs. Bush read one of four different stories. Don't miss the opportunity to survey the grounds behind the Library, which includes a beautiful pond and the Barbara Bush Rose Garden, or watch the entertaining video we affectionately call "Bushes Unplugged." 

Literacy Overlook Exhibit

Camp David

Camp David

The Laurel Office at Camp David was the scene of many of President Bush's most important decisions. It was also home to many happy family memories, including Christmases and the marriage of his daughter, Doro. All of the artifacts in the Office come straight from Camp David. 

President Bush meeting senior staff at Camp David

The Berlin Wall/Age of Freedom

The Berlin Wall/Age of Freedom

Perhaps one of the most recognizable symbols of the Cold War is the Berlin Wall. In this exhibit, view a 12-foot tall section that once symbolized oppression, communism and division. Video highlights at the kiosks detail the other important international events faced by the Bush Administration. 

The Berlin Wall/Age of Freedom Exhibit

Crisis Management

Crisis Management

Have you ever wondered what it would be like to advise the President on important decisions? Here is your chance to experience the White House Situation Room, where the President is briefed by his advisors. In the Situation Room, you can learn about the events and decisions that led up to the Persian Gulf War. 

Crisis Management Exhibit

Where Duty Required Us to Stand

Where Duty Required Us to Stand

From the Situation Room, emerge into the Gulf War exhibit. Interactive displays and fiber optic maps detail the events surrounding the battles in the Gulf. Learn how President Bush built a coalition of nations to turn back the aggression of Saddam Hussein and Iraq and to liberate Kuwait. 

Where Duty Required Us to Stand Exhibit

Eco-Terrorism

Eco-Terrorism

This section of the museum details the ecological damage in Kuwait caused by the retreating Iraqi army. As the magnitude of the devastation was revealed, experts speculated it could take three years to get the fires under control. But miraculously, myriad firefighting teams put the fires out in just eight months, the last of which was ceremoniously extinguished on November 6, 1991. 

Fires of Kuwait

Freedom Tribute

Freedom Tribute

According to Kuwaiti custom, when a man gives you the key to his home, he is your friend for life. When a man gives you the door of his home you are a member of his family. A sign of appreciation, this door was a gift from the people of Kuwait to President Bush. Also in this section, you can make a rubbing from the engravings of the names of servicemen and women who died restoring freedom to Kuwait. 

Freedom Tribute Exhibit

A Tough Campaign and a Life of Service

A Tough Campaign and a Life of Service

The hard fought, but ultimately disappointing campaign of 1992, when President Bush ran for re-election against Bill Clinton, is documented here. Despite President Bush's late surge in the polls, the popularity of the Independent candidate, Ross Perot, siphoned too many votes away in this tight campaign, leading to then Governor Clinton's victory.

President Bush at a Strawberry Festival in Florida

Fidelity

Fidelity

One of President Bush's favorite things was getting out on the water in his speedboat. Here we have his actual boat, Fidelity, which he loved racing on the Atlantic waters off Kennebunkport, Maine, until the boat's retirement in May 1998. 

President Bush and General Scowcroft on Fidelity

Private Citizens George and Barbara Bush

Private Citizens George and Barbara Bush

Life after the White House was certainly not boring for the Bushes. They remained active in many volunteer and humanitarian activities. President Bush wrote two bestsellers and completed three parachute jumps, and Mrs. Bush continued her quest for national literacy wrote two bestselling books. 

George H. W. Bush skydiving in College Station, TX

A Thousand Points of Light

A Thousand Points of Light

The Points of Light Foundation is an organization devoted to encouraging volunteerism within our communities. This part of the exhibit features a fiber-optic map of the United States, whose lights represent the points of light across America, and an interactive database that allows you to search and view profiles of the 4000 named Points of Light, including those chosen during the Bush Administration. 

President Bush at his desk in the Oval Office

George Bush Memorial Exhibit

George Bush Memorial Exhibit

President Bush passed away on November 30, 2018. This exhibit highlights some of the many ways he was remembered. Here you can also meet Sully, his service dog.   

Sully Statue