Bush Library Celebrates Anniversary
Visitors to the Museum will be treated to cake, Blue Bell ice cream and balloons for the children. Door prizes will be given away every hour and include three photographs of this past year's Fourth of July Celebration, which have been autographed by former President Bush. The Museum will be open from 9:30 a.m. until 5:00 p.m.
It was a crisp, clear day on November 6, 1997 when throngs of media personalities armed with cameras and satellite trucks descended on the Texas A&M campus for the official Dedication Ceremony of the George Bush Presidential Library and Museum. Four United States Presidents and six First Ladies were in attendance for the festivities that also saw the likes of such notable figures as Arnold Schwarzennegger, Kevin Costner, Colin Powell and James A. Baker, III. Approximately 5,000 onlookers were on hand to take part in the ceremony, which had been eagerly anticipated by area citizens since plans for the facility had been determined in 1991.
In the weeks leading up to the dedication, residents began having "George and Barbara" sightings throughout town. This only served to heighten the growing anticipation amongst the community, who could begin to fully sense the impact that the Library and Museum would have on the Bryan-College Station area.
Since opening its doors five years ago, the Museum has welcomed over 900,000 visitors and has been named the number one tourist attraction in East Texas two years in a row by the East Texas Tourism Association. The Museum has generated interest nationwide by featuring a broad range of critically acclaimed exhibits, conferences and speakers.Museum hours are Monday - Saturday, 9:30 a.m. until 5:00 p.m. and Sundays from 12:00 until 5:00 p.m. Museum admission is $5.00 for adults, $4.00 for students, $3.50 for senior citizens 62+ and groups of 20 or more with reservations. Children under 16 as well as Texas A&M and Blinn College students are free.