Bush Museum Named Top Tourist Attraction
For the second year in a row the George Bush Presidential Library and Museum has been named the number one tourist attraction by the East Texas Tourism Association.
Twice each year the East Texas Tourism Association invites tour operators and travel writers from across the country to join them for a familiarization or "fam" tour of East Texas. The weeklong trek takes them from the Piney Woods to the Gulf Coast, touring popular attractions and dining in local restaurants. At the end of their journey, the participants vote on their favorites in a variety of categories. For the second year in a row, the guests voted the George Bush Presidential Library and Museum first place in the attractions category. The museum ranked higher than such notable destinations as Space Center Houston and George Ranch Historical Park in Richmond.
The Bryan/College Station Convention and Visitors Bureau accepted the award on behalf of the museum at the East Texas Tourism Association's 40th annual conference held in March. The CVB will formally present the award to the museum on Friday April 5, 2002 at 10:00 a.m. The ceremony is open to the public with refreshments following the presentation.
The George Bush Presidential Library and Museum sits on 90 acres located on the campus of Texas A&M University in College Station, Texas. The Bush Library is the tenth presidential library administered by the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) and supported in part, by the George Bush Presidential Library Foundation, a non-profit organization. Since its opening, the Bush Library has hosted more than 803,000 visitors, making it one of the most popular tourist attractions of the region.
The textual and audiovisual collections of the Library make it the ideal center of study for Bush Administration scholars. Its archives include more than 38,000,000 pages of personal, Vice Presidential, and Presidential papers of George Bush; 2,000,000 photographs, 5000 video tapes, 7000 volumes of printed material and 70,000 museum artifacts.
The financial support of the George Bush Presidential Library and Museum is a model of public/private partnership. The Library is supported by the American people through federal appropriations, fees generated by admission to the Museum, and through the generosity of thousands of individuals and corporations who donate money and in-kind services to the George Bush Library Foundation to support the Library's missions.