George W. Bush Presidential Library and Museum

The campus of Southern Methodist University is beautiful.  It’s a very expensive, private school tucked in the upscale neighborhood of University Park.  Former First Lady Laura Bush attended SMU for her undergraduate studies, and the campus is also where you will find her husband’s Presidential Library and Museum.

Agree or disagree with his politics, George W. Bush is a large part of Texas history and, of course, a President of the United States.  If you want a feel for history and Texas, then a visit to the George W. Bush Presidential Library and Museum should be on your To Do list.

It is important to note that the museum is a Federal agency, so you will go through a security screening and bag check before you are allowed inside.

George W. Bush Presidential Library and Museum
George W. Bush Presidential Library and Museum

Tickets for the museum will run you $16 for adults, and a few bucks less for kids depending on their age.  There is a parking lot across the street from the museum which costs $7.

I am not huge into history or politics, but I can certainly appreciate what this museum has to offer.  Texas has been my home for over 2 decades.  I was also caught off guard by how emotional I felt when walking through the 9/11 exhibit. There are videos that show some of the work and difficult things The President had to do in the aftermath.  It brings back memories of the awful National tragedy.

A piece of steel from the World Trade Center is on display.
A piece of steel from the World Trade Center is on display.

Flash photography isn’t allowed inside the museum, so I didn’t end up taking as many photos.  I had to crank the ISO setting on my camera, so the images have some grain in them.

Words from the January 20, 2001 Presidential Inaugural Address.
Words from the January 20, 2001 Presidential Inaugural Address.

My favorite part was Freedom Hall, which has a 360 degree, hi-def video wall, and some amazing architecture.  The high ceiling is gorgeous.

Freedom Hall inside the George W. Bush Presidential Library.  The mountain displayed is actually part of the 360 degree video screen.
Freedom Hall inside the George W. Bush Presidential Library. The mountain displayed is actually part of the 360 degree video screen.
A closer look at the skylights and the video screen.
A closer look at the skylights and the video screen.

There is also a full-sized replica of the Oval Office, and be sure to go outside to the Texas Rose Garden.  It’s lovely, and has a great view of Mockingbird Station and Uptown Dallas.

The pond found outside the replica Oval Office.
The pond found outside the replica Oval Office.

While I was at the museum, a temporary exhibit featuring Oscar De La Renta was there.  I think we caught it a couple of weeks before it ended!  It featured 5 decades of his work, and focused on fashion he designed for Laura Bush and other First Ladies. I wish some of the exhibit was permanent because it was really cool to see all the designs done for Mrs Bush.

A couple of the gowns that were featured in the Oscar De La Renta temporary exhibit.
A couple of the gowns that were featured in the Oscar De La Renta temporary exhibit.

If you enjoy walking, the area outside the museum is really pretty.  There is a series of paths you can walk along, and on a nice day, you can forget you are in a large city!

A overview of one of the walking paths outside the museum.
A overview of one of the walking paths outside the museum.

The Museum is located at 2943 SMU Boulevard, Dallas, Texas 75205.  Near the intersection of 75 (North Central Expressway).  Very easy to find and get to.

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