LBJ Presidential Library, Austin
This is one of the ten presidential libraries administered by the National Archives and Record Administration. At the specific request of LBJ himself, the admission is free!!
Not being a US citizen, I was not really interested in all the details about the live of an ex-president. However since it was free and I had nothing special to do this day; I decided to have a look. I’ve been positively surprised, if a good part of the museum is precisely about the president himself, it also provides a good idea of the US History.
I have also particularly liked the section about the States Gifts, it shows some of the gifts the president has received from foreign officials visiting the country.
Open every Day except Christmas from 9am to 5pm
UPDATE: (August 2008) The sidewalk surrounding the LBJ library remains torn up, but you can still access the building easily.
If you visit Austin be sure to find time to tour the LBJ Library and Museum. It's located near the campus of the University of Texas and there is no charge for admission.
The library chronicles the early (pic #2) and seasoned political years of Lyndon B. Johnson. Photographs added a nice dimension to his inner circle beginning with the family and encompassing his various political accomplishments.
A lifesize robotic figure of former President Johnson shares amusing stories with visitors (pic #5). A 1/8th scale of the oval office during his time as President has been recreated (pic # 3).
In addition, a gallery highlighting the First Lady's life from the Johnson's first date to their adventure in politics is nicely organized on the top floor. Also featured is one of her ball gowns (pic #4) and a nod to The Lady Bird Special, her contribution to LBJ's Presidential campaign.
When we visited the library/museum it was surrounded by scaffolding, so I included a photo from a post card. A small gift shop is located on the entrance level. Hours are 9 am-5 pm daily; closed on Dec. 25.
The LBJ museum is an impressive museum commemorating the life and presidency of Lyndon Baines Johnson. It houses over 40 million documents from LBJ's career, as well as, artifacts from events that took place during his lifetime. Some examples are the front page of a NYC newspaper on the date the Titanic sank, WWII ended, and a progression of LBJ's career to the White House. This includes the assasination of John F. Kennedy. Very important events in American history, to be sure, and a great museum to tell them.
Admission is free. Cameras without flash only.
Another great thing to do for free in Austin! History affecionadoes will surely enjoy learning more about the life and times of the 36th President of the United States (1963-1969). And what an eventful period it was: the Cuban missile crisis, the assassination of John F. and Robert Kennedy and Martin Luther King Jr, the Vietnam war....The exhibition also moves away from politics to help you discover the Swinging Sixties era through music, fashion, books, etc. A great place to go on a rainy afternoon!
On a rainy day I decided to visit the Lydon Baines Johnson Library and Museum. Well, it's not really a library. At least visitors are never using it. And it's not available for us. However, the museum is something to see.
It's on the actual University of Texas campus, close to the baseball and football stadiums so the signs for parking at the museum can be confusing. You can't really tell which building it is because it's behind a big section of office/school/academic buildings. Basically, take a right at the first light off the freeway! There IS free parking but, again, during game days I bet that changes. And with traffic, I highly suggest staying away during those Fall Saturdays where UT is playing football.
But back to the museum:
I never knew how busy the time period was when LBJ was in the White House. Vietnam, JFK's death, the Black Civil Rights Movement, the creation of government funding for welfare, NASA, social security, education funding. My goodness! LBJ's Great Society was quite the idea. They have a showcase of all the pens LBJ used to sign in his many programs. It's baffling.
All of the above issues are all detailed throughout the museum as well as changing exhibits. The Space exhibit that was there during my visit was wonderul. They had John Glenn's flight helmet and space suit and Mercury spacecraft. Quite the exhibit. So I would imagine that those that come must be just as good.
Open every day, except Christmas
9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Reading Room Hours:
9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Monday through Friday
Closed Saturday, Sunday, and on Federal Holidays.
Free Admission & Parking
Lyndon B. Johnson Presidential Library and Museum - This is a great museum and should not be missed. It is the largest of the nation's presidential libraries and houses papers and memorabilia of Lyndon Baines Johnson, the 36th U.S. president. Beginning with photos of his childhood and parents, the exhibit takes you right through until his death.
Displays include a Vietnam War exhibit. One of the moon rocks and gifts from other heads of state which are amazing. There is also a life size animated LBJ telling some of his jokes - cowboy hat and all.
I loved my visit to the LBJ Museum and I highly recommend that you visit it as well. The displays/collections were all well thought of and tasteful and moving and insightful. I loved the replica they did of the White House during LBJ’s tenure and the gallery on his wife. Visiting the museum and was a real eye-opener for me in that I never knew Lady Bird Johnson contributed so much to the state of Texas and to the nation. I absolutely loved the display of letters to the First Lady thanking her for beautifying the highways all around America. They were personal and sweet (there’s this letter from one kid who said she loved seeing the bluebells along the road instead of the dreary landscape and then there’s a letter from a woman who said seeing all those flowers dotting the highway uplifted her spirits) and you could really read in them their thanks and admiration for the First Lady. I also loved the gallery of all the past presidents of the U.S and their wives. The picture of JFK was a particular favorite.
The museum is open daily from 9:00am to 5:00pm and admission is free. Free parking is also provided.
The 8th floor has a seven-eighths scale replica of the Oval office. There is also the First Lady's Gallery. As a non-American I was pretty impressed so I can only imagine how a 'native' would feel viewing this museum. Whether you are a fan of LBJ or not.. the history told during his years is impressive.
Late on a Sunday afternoon, we did not have the time nor inclination to look in on the Lydon B. Johnson Library and Museum, but walked the grounds a few minutes so as to take a few poorly-lit photos. For the record, the museum includes archives relating to the presidency of LBJ.
Lyndon Baines Johnson Library and Museum
The Museum exhibits portray the story of LBJ, the 36th President of the United States. The exhibits include original videos on some of LBJ's speeches and policies; as well as, documents and pictorials on everything from his early election campaigns to the Vietnam War, and gifts given by other heads of state.
The Lyndon Baines Johnson Presidential Library and fountain. Not only is this an impressive example of massive architecture, it is an impressive historical collection of perhaps one of the most radically changing era of US and Texas history - the 1960s. It's also a nice picnic and relaxing/study spot.
Very surprising on the second floor was this animated reproduction of LBJ telling some stories. Very well done, even the lips were moving when it was speaking!
On the 8th floor, a replica of the oval office as it was during the Johnson presidency, probably the major attraction of the museum, and some pictures from the different rooms in the White House.
Four stories containing 1,500,000 documents the former President collected while in office. As you walk up the grand staircase, the glass wall of red document boxes looks down on you.
A large photo-engraved magnesium mural that stretched across the wall of the Museum at the top of the grand staircase. Quite impressive.