The Museum is getting a dramatic facelift - just in time for our 10th Anniversary
Beginning on April 24, 2007, the George Bush Presidential Library and Museum will undergo an $8.3 million renovation to the core exhibits of the life and times of George H.W. Bush. The re-design and construction of the museum will enhance the quality of the exhibits, attract more visitors and help to better describe the President’s historic impact on U.S. policy, world events and his commitment to public service.
Many of the most popular exhibits will remain, such as the TBM Avenger like the one Ensign Bush flew during World War II, the section of the Berlin Wall and the Gulf War exhibit. The re-design will also feature some state-of-the-art additions. Among some of the exciting and innovative technology being implemented in the museum are handheld audio guides, interactive touch screens and displays that draw the visitor into the mood and feel of the historic eras represented in the museum. The Air Force One office will be replaced by a replica of the White House situation room that includes an interactive presentation on the decisions leading to the first Gulf War. The Bush Museum will also present the only Oval Office exhibit that allows visitors to sit in the "seat of power" and have their photo taken behind the President's desk.
The design and planning stages of the modernization project is headed by Universal Exhibits in California and is already complete. Fabrication is well underway on new additions to the core exhibit, which will include never-before-seen photographs and artifacts of President Bush and Mrs. Bush, as well as the entire Bush family. Our grand re-opening on November 10, 2007 will bring the latest technology to the Bush Museum, better serving our visitors and offering them the opportunity to meet the man behind the presidency and be inspired by his life of service. Funding for the 8.3 million dollar renovation was provided by the George Bush Presidential Library Foundation.
While the Museum’s main exhibit undergoes construction and is unavailable our doors are still open. The world-famous White House in Miniature will be on display to give visitors a special peek into the residence he and Mrs. Bush once called home. The White House in Miniature opened on April 23, 2007 and continues until January 21, 2008.
The Museum at the George Bush Presidential Library hours are Monday – Saturday, 9:30 a.m. until 5:00 p.m. and Sundays from noon until 5:00 p.m. Museum admission during the renovation is $5.00 for adults, senior citizens (62+) and active and retired military with ID, as well as groups of 20 or more with advance reservations. Children 6 and older are $2.00; TAMU and Blinn College students as well as children under 6 are free.
For more information and updates on the renovation progress, be sure to check out our website http://bushlibrary.tamu.edu