The mission of the George Bush Presidential Library and Museum at Texas A&M University is to preserve and make available the records and artifacts of George H.W. Bush, 41st President of the United States. We promote civic literacy and increased historical understanding of our national experience, and foster a community of public service and volunteerism.
We accomplish this mission by offering rich educational and public programs, original museum exhibits and access to our archival holdings.
Bush Library and Museum Facts and Figures
- The George Bush Presidential Library and Museum is part of the National Archives and Records Administration's Presidential Libraries network.
- The site for the Bush Library and Museum was selected May 3, 1991. The groundbreaking was Nov. 30, 1994. The Bush Library and Museum is located on a 90-acre area of Texas A&M University's west campus and is part of the George Bush Presidential Library Center, which includes the George Bush Presidential Library Foundation, Bush School of Government and Public Service, and the Annenberg Presidential Conference Center.
- The Bush Library and Museum was dedicated Nov. 6, 1997. President and Mrs. Barbara Bush along with former Presidents Gerald R. Ford and Jimmy Carter, Lady Bird Johnson and Nancy Reagan, and President and Mrs. Bill Clinton attended and spoke at the dedication ceremonies. Texas Gov. George W. Bush and Mrs. Laura Bush were also in attendance. The museum opened to the public Nov. 7, 1997.
- The Bush Library and Museum Research Room opened to the public Jan. 20, 1998. The textual archives contain more than 45 million pages of documents, and the audio-visual archives have more than 2 million photographs and thousands of hours of video and audio recordings.
- The Bush Library and Museum facility is approximately 69,049 square feet and was built at a cost of $43 million. The architect was Hellmuth, Obata & Kassabaum and the contractor was Manhattan Construction Company.
- In 2007, the museum completed an $8.3 million renovation to the main exhibit on the life of George Bush. With the renovation the museum's video content and visitor interactive participation have increased tenfold. The museum now features state-of-the-art audio guides featuring the voices of George and Barbara Bush as well as their daughter Doro Bush Koch. A free audio tour for mobile devices is available at bushlibrary.mobi.
- The museum's core exhibit focuses on the "Life and Times of George Bush" and features items ranging from a 1925 film of George Bush's first steps in Kennebunkport, Maine, to documents highlighting his service at the CIA and United Nations, and records and correspondence from his tenure as the 41st President of the United States of America. Other areas of the gallery feature a TBM Avenger aircraft, a 1947 Studebaker, ordinance from Operation Desert Storm, a segment of the Berlin Wall, replicas of President Bush's Camp David Office, Oval Office and White House Press Room, as well as numerous foreign and domestic gifts.
- The museum collection holdings contain more than 120,000 artifacts, including more than 3,000 of the gifts from foreign heads of state that George Bush received as president, as well as gifts that he received as vice president.
- Of special significance is a museum classroom, the first of its kind in the Presidential Libraries network. The classroom can be used by student groups as a computer learning lab or as a traditional classroom. It is the Bush Library and Museum’s educational mission to inform and enrich learning for all ages about American history, the role of the presidency in general with special focus on the administration of George Bush, and to benefit the educational quality of the community through support of civic literacy programs.