Presidential Peek at George Bush Library and Museum

  • Entrance to the George Bush Presidential Library and Museum

    History comes alive

    The George Bush Presidential Library and Museum was dedicated in 1997 by President and Mrs. Bush as our country's tenth presidential library.  Located in College Station, Texas, on the campus of Texas A&M, the impressive facility is part of a 90-acre complex that also includes the Bush School of Government and Public Service and the Annenberg Presidential Conference Center.
    Presidential libraries were established in 1955 in an effort to preserve and make accessible (in a single location) presidential materials such as papers, records, and audio and video recordings.  The libraries, typically utilized by researchers, are often accompanied by museums that are of more interest to the general public.  

    Photo courtesy of David and Kay Scott

  • Sculpture by Veryl Goodnight, "The Day the Wall Came Down"

    "The Day the Wall Came Down"

    A plaza connecting the three buildings of the Bush complex includes a magnificent Veryl Goodnight sculpture of horses jumping over remnants of the Berlin Wall.   This showcases one of the major events of the Bush presidency: the fall of the Berlin Wall.  The Barbara Bush Rose Garden, the Bush family gravesite and a pond are located behind the buildings.

    Photo courtesy of David and Kay Scott

  • Museum entrance off the impressive rotunda

    First stop: impressive rotunda

    Visitors enter the museum through a large rotunda where they are directed into a theater for an 18-minute film providing an overview of the lives of President and Mrs. Bush.  Following the film, guests head to a nearby service desk where they receive a museum map plus a hand-held audio instrument that offers background for the displays.  Then, it's off to exhibits!

    Photo courtesy of David and Kay Scott

  • Bust of the former president alongside his extensive list of accomplishments

    Before he was President

    A bust of George Bush is near the entrance to the exhibits.  The bust is accompanied by a bullet list of the former president’s impressive history and accomplishments as a public servant.  The 41st U.S. President served his country in a variety of positions ranging from U.S. Navy pilot during World War II  to Director of the Central Intelligence Agency under President Gerald Ford.

    Photo courtesy of David and Kay Scott

  • A museum exhibit area for the Bush family history

    Focus on family life

    The museum’s primary focus is the “Life and Times of George Bush,” including the early years in Kennebunkport, his schooling and experiences during World War II.  The museum includes a restored Grumman Avenger torpedo bomber similar to the one he flew during the war. 

    Photo courtesy of David and Kay Scott

  • A young visitor concentrates on solving a problem in the Situation Room

    The Situation Room

    As indicated by the interactive Situation Room, the exhibits are of interest to both the young and old.  Displays with large images and printed text and monitors featuring informative videos are scattered throughout each area of the museum.  A visit might last as little as an hour, but several hours are required to do justice to the many exhibits, while utilizing the interactive displays and listening to the hand-held audio guide.  

    Photo courtesy of David and Kay Sott

  • Restored 1947 Studebaker similar to the one the Bush family drove to Texas

    Classic pieces of history

    Museum displays recount details of George Bush’s marriage to Barbara Pierce and his student days at Yale.  One interesting exhibit is a restored 1947 Studebaker similar to the one the Bush family drove when they moved from New Haven to Odessa, Texas when he was to begin work in the oil business.

    Photo courtesy of David and Kay Scott

  • Exhibit area describing the family history of First Lady, Barbara Bush

    Life and times of the First Lady

    An exhibit area is devoted to First Lady Barbara Pierce Bush and the Pierce family.  Mrs. Bush was born in New York in 1925 and grew up in Rye, N.Y.  Her father, Marvin Pierce, was the president of publishing company, McCall Corporation.  She attended public school until 1940, when she entered boarding school in Charleston, S.C.  Barbara met George Bush in 1941 at a dance when she was home on break.  They corresponded and were married in January of 1945.

    Photo courtesy of David and Kay Scott

  • Repica of President Bush's Camp David office

    Replicas create vivid visuals

    Exhibits that help recreate and picture what life was like during the Bush presidency include a replica of the George Bush office at Camp David.  The museum also includes a replica of the White House Oval Office.  The latter is a popular stop where visitors can sit behind the president’s desk and have their photo taken.

    Photo courtesy of David and Kay Scott

  • Museum exhibit on Desert Storm and the Gulf War

    President through war and peace

    A large section of the museum highlights the Gulf War.  On January 16, 1991, President Bush addressed the nation and discussed the launch of Desert Storm.  The president was convinced military action was necessary to push Iraqi forces out of Kuwait, one of the world’s major suppliers of petroleum.  Air attacks were launched the day following the president’s address.

    Photo courtesy of David and Kay Scott

  • Temporary museum exhibit on offshore drilling

    Close to the heart

    A separate gallery houses temporary exhibits that have focused on American history, the American presidency and topics of special interest to George and Barbara Bush.  For instance, Offshore Drilling: The Promise of Discovery.  This temporary display highlighted the future of offshore drilling and showed off new technologies – along with research being conducted at Texas A&M University.

    Photo courtesy of David and Kay Scott

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