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What You need to Know about the George Bush Museum

March 21st, 2014 by Pamela Murski

George Bush MuseumSituated on the campus of Texas A&M University, the George Bush Presidential Library and Museum is a place to bring the family to learn more about the 41st President of the United States. That’s right – this museum is dedicated to the elder President Bush who served the country as the Commander-in-Chief from January 1989 – January 1993. In order for you to be properly prepared for your trip, we have put together some key things to know about the George Bush Museum.

The museum was dedicated on November 6, 1997, just a shade under five years after President Bush vacated the Oval Office. Since then, the museum has been devoted to preserving the history of the President. Ten years later in 2007, the museum was majorly renovated to what you will see today.

Perhaps the first thing you will need to know is that the address is 1000 George Bush Drive West, College Station, TX 77845. The museum is open seven days a week until 5 p.m., while it opens at 9:30 a.m. Monday – Saturday and at noon on Sundays. Everyone in the family can get in for less than 10 bucks, as adults are $9, senior citizens are $7, and children are $3. There are other discounts for retired and active-duty military, college students, and groups.

Once you get in the door, you can start exploring the life of George Bush. The majority of the museum is geared towards telling the story of President Bush by chronicling the different times of his life. In addition, exhibits will come to the museum for an extended period of time. The current exhibit, which will last until February 2015, is titled “Offshore Drilling: The Promise of Discovery.” This is a tribute to President Bush, who became a millionaire in the oil industry by the time he was 40 years old. Exhibits will change throughout the year, so keep your eyes peeled for what is new and exciting. Former exhibits include “Washington’s Acts of Congress,” “Visas for Freedom: Spanish Diplomats and the Holocaust,” and “Headed to the White House.”

You can also do some extensive research at the museum thanks to the textual archives that have been preserved. Peruse through formerly withheld documents, or look up some of President Bush’s national security directives while he was in office.

The George Bush Museum also has many special events throughout the year to go along with the day-to-day artifacts and exhibits. For example, two upcoming events in May 2014 include “Musical Storytelling, Growing Up to Become President Bush” and “El Vaquero, Cowboy of America West.”

Hopefully this information is helpful when planning your trip so you can enjoy your time at the George Bush Presidential Library and Museum.

Being in College Station, the museum is very near Murski Homestead, a world-class bed and breakfast in Brenham, TX. Murski Homestead provides the perfect place for you to get away for the evening. Our suggestion would be to check into the bed and breakfast at night, wake up the next day to an unbelievable Texas breakfast, and then head up for a day of learning at the George Bush Museum. Great room, great food, and great knowledge – that sounds like a pretty good weekend to us!

Photo courtesy Edwin S

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