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College Station: George Bush Presidential Library and Museum


Duty. Honor. Country.

George H. W. Bush, the nation’s 41st president, had already garnered an impressive list of titles before his election as the most powerful man in the country. Bush served as Texas congressman, ambassador to the United Nations, Republican Party chair, chief liaison to China, Director of the Central Intelligence Agency, and Vice President to Ronald Reagan’s two-term presidency. This illustrious past, his term as President, and his military service during World War II are detailed throughout the exhibitions and archives of the George H. W. Bush Presidential Library and Museum in College Station. Located on the campus of Texas A&M University, the handsome museum building features the sculpture “The Day the Wall Came Down”. The monumental composition of five bronze horses leaping over actual rubble from the Berlin Wall serves as commemoration of the wall’s collapse during Bush’s vice presidential term. Inside, museum highlights include film footage of Bush’s rescue, via American submarine, after his plane was shot down over Chichi Jima during World War II. An interactive study of the Gulf War Theater and the U. S. military involvement, led by Bush during his presidency, in defending Kuwait from Iraq’s invasion makes for an educational lesson in swift and successful military intervention on the global stage.


Location

  • 1000 George Bush Drive West
  • College Station, Texas
  • 77845

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Hours & Fees

  • Monday-Saturday, 9:30 a.m.-5 p.m. and Sunday 12 p.m.-5 p.m., Closed Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day, and New Years Day. 

  • Adult (ages 18-61): $9
    Senior (age 62 and up) and Retired Military: $7
    Youth (ages 6-17): $3
    Child (age 5 and under): FREE
    Active-Duty Military and immediate family (up to 5 with ID): FREE
    Texas A&M and Blinn College Students: FREE
    Other College Students (with ID): $3
    Group Rate (20 or more people): $6
     
     
    All museum admission prices include a free audio tour and personal photography throughout the museum. Parking is free.

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George Bush Presidential Library and Museum
The George Bush Presidential Library and Museum, the nation's 10th Presidential Library, is administered by the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) and is part of the George Bush Presidential Library Center on the campus of Texas A&M University in College Station, Texas. The Bush Library and Museum opened in 1997 and holds approximately 44 million pages of official records and personal papers and more than 100,000 artifacts that document the life of the nation’s 41st president.

The presidential records of George Bush (1989-1993) comprise the core holdings of the Bush Library and Museum. The Bush Library and Museum also contains the vice presidential records of both George Bush (1981-1989) and Dan Quayle (1989-1993) as well as donated historical materials that document George Bush’s private and public career. In addition to these textual records, the Bush Library and Museum has an extensive audiovisual collection containing more than 2 million photographs and 10,000 videotapes.

The core exhibit at the Bush Library and Museum traces the life of George Bush from his childhood during the 1920's through his service as a torpedo bomber pilot during World War II and his business career spanning the years between 1945 and 1965. It concludes with a presentation of his public life first as a U.S. congressman and later as head of the Republican National Committee, ambassador to the United Nations, director of the Central Intelligence Agency, vice president under President Ronald Reagan, and finally as President of the United States from 1989-1993. Throughout the museum, exhibits highlight the unique influences and challenges which shaped George Bush's life and presidency.

Bush Library and Museum artifacts include a World War II TBM Avenger Torpedo Bomber similar to the plane George Bush flew during World War II, a 1947 Studebaker like the car he drove from Connecticut to Texas, a large slab of the Berlin Wall, and precise replicas of his Camp David office, White House Situation Room and Oval Office. Also included are presidential exhibits that document George Bush's leadership during times of international crisis, including the reunification of Germany, the first Persian Gulf War, and the collapse of the Soviet Union.

The Ansary Gallery of American History and the Fidelity Corridor Gallery host new exhibits often. Although some of these exhibits feature artifacts housed in the library and museum collection, the museum is also committed to bringing high quality traveling exhibits to the Bryan-College Station area. Learn more about the George Bush Presidential Library and Museum by visiting bushlibrary.tamu.edu.