A temporary display they had when I visited the Bush Library and Museum was a very interesting one on the Human Genome Project, which Bush was instrumental in supporting. I have always found genetics, and related fields, fascinating.
In times of crisis around the world, or when tensions were mounting, President Bush would meet with senior members of the intelligence community and senior military leaders in the Situation Room in the White House or a similar location. this is a recreation of the one in the White House.
Frankly though, I was at least as interested in the displays about Bush's personal life as I was in the political. Like Bush I loved and played baseball, and we are both veterans. The display on his wife Brabara was interesting, and we all know how important our woman is to our success. There aws also the picture of him and his son that also was elected president (I liked the dad better than the son).
Most of the daisplays in the library/museum deal with the political life of George H. W. Bush. These displays include his time with the CIA, his trips to China, and his support of the military and veterans, along with many more. They also have one of the presidential limousines.
Of course one of the most memorable things that happened during the administration of George H. W. Bush was the fall of the Berlin Wall in November 1989. This resulted in the reunification of Germany as one country and the thawing of the "Cold War". There is a piece of the Berlin Wall, and a nice bronze memorial, outside the library building.
Probably one of the main reasons people come to College Station (if not for Texas A&M) is to visit the George H. W. Bush Museum and Library. The museum is dedicated to preserving the historical and personal aspects of Bush, the 41st President of the Ubnited States. I will go into more detail on the displays in the tips that follow. Hours are 9:30 AM to 5 PM Monday through Saturday and 12 PM to 5 PM on Sunday. Admission is $9 for adults; $7 for seniors and retired military; $3 for kid 6 to 17 and college students; and free for active military, Texas A&M students, and kids 5 and under.
One very attractive and charming local I met was Amber. She was a waitress at a local night spot and is engaged to a U. S. Marine. The place she works even put her on the cover of their brochure. I always enjoy meeting the locals, especially ones as nice as Amber.
No self-respecting Texas town doesn't have at least one mural with a cowboy. This decent little mural was in the Northgate entertainment area. And cowboys have been known to ride their horses up stairs.
Northgate advertises itself as a "multi-use" commercial district in support of Texas A&M and that is how it started; but today it is mostly an entertainment area with bars and restaurants catering to the students. As party districts go this one is not bas and I have reviewed several locations in my dining and night life tips. Keep in mind you have to pay for parking in the main parking area: $2 an hour during peak party times 8 PM to 3 AM Thursday, Friday and Saturday and 75 cents an hour all other times; except parking is free (and almost nothing open) 8 AM to 2 PM on Sunday.
After visiting some other Presidential libraries, we think the George H.W. Bush library is one of the best we've seen so far. Like most, you'll find many photos of the president as a child, the Bush family years and other notable events in his life.
However, it is the all encompassing displays that make it a stand out, such as a peek at the various rooms of the White House, a restored WWII Avenger Torpedo Bomber and Camp David. There are some interactive opportunities, too, when you can sit in on 'secret negotiations'.
George Bush's military career is well documented here and his stint as Vice President brings the Cold War era to the forefront, as well as, highlight the coming down of the Berlin Wall. Included in the library is an actual section of the wall.
There are 90,000 original artifacts contained within this building and 43,000,000 pages of his personal and official papers.
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