10th Anniversary Celebration
The George Bush Presidential Museum will reopen its doors to the public on Saturday, November 10th following a comprehensive six-month, $8.3 million renovation to the 21,000-square foot facility. The 41st President and former First Lady Barbara Bush will headline the reopening ceremony that morning which will also feature the U.S. Army's Golden Knights parachute team, the Texas A&M Singing Cadets, emcee Jim Nantz of CBS Sports, as well as other special guests and surprises.
The grand reopening ceremony will take place 10 years and four days after the Museum - which is connected to the National Archives facility that houses some 40 million pages of Bush administration documents - was first dedicated on November 6, 1997 with Presidents Clinton, Carter, and Ford in attendance. While the Texas limestone exterior remains unchanged a decade later, little on the inside the building escaped refinement, updating, or complete overhaul.
"Whether it's your first time to visit us or your fiftieth, you're going to experience a totally new and thoroughly interactive museum when you come through our doors," said Warren Finch, the Bush museum's executive director. "We've got a great story to tell in the singular life and compelling times of our 41st President; and thanks to the generous support and hard work of so many, we now have the right tools to bring this inspiring chapter in American history to life in a brand new and highly entertaining way."
Universal Exhibits of California conducted the museum redesign, was is now highlighted by new 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. New permanent exhibits include a replica of the White House situation room with interactive screens engaging guests on the decisions leading to the first Gulf War, the White House Press Briefing Room, and 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.
While many of the most popular exhibits will remain - such as a TBM Avenger like the one Ensign Bush flew during World War II and the section of the Berlin Wall the new Bush museum will also include never-before-seen photographs and artifacts of President Bush and Mrs. Bush, as well as the entire Bush family.
The reopening ceremony at the Bush Museum complex on the campus of Texas A&M University will start at 11:00 a.m., and a limited number of free general admission tickets are now available at the A&M Memorial Student Center Box Office, the Bryan-College Station Convention and Visitor's Bureau, The B-CS Eagle, KBTX-TV, Clear Channel Radio, Brazos Valley Communications, and the George Bush Presidential Library and Museum admissions desk. The tickets include admission to the ceremony, a public lunch and admission to the museum. Public parking will be located at Reed Arena with free shuttle service starting at 10:00am. Only those vehicles displaying a disabled parking permit will be able to access the museum parking lot.
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