Welcome to the page for the George W. Bush Presidential Library and Museum, located on the campus of Southern Methodist University in Dallas, Texas. Open to the public May 1, 2013. Likes do not equal endorsement.
The Library and Museum provides an unmatched resource for the study of the life and career of the nation’s 43rd President, while also promoting a better understanding of the Presidency, American history, and important issues of public policy. In the Museum, visitors can explore exhibits that examine the important issues and events of President George W. Bush's Administration, while immersing yourself in the Presidential decision-making process through unique interactive multimedia.
Mission: The George W. Bush Presidential Library and Museum serves as the resource for the study of the life and career of George W. Bush, while also promoting a better understanding of the Presidency, American history, and important issues of public policy. The Library accomplishes its mission by preserving and providing access to Presidential records and other donated collections, hosting public programs, creating educational initiatives, preserving artifacts, and producing innovative museum exhibits.
Last day is today! Holiday in the National Parks exhibit closes today -- if you haven't seen it yet, you have from 12-5pm! We loved creating this exhibit and seeing our visitors learn more about our country's great treasures - the national parks.
"The Papahānaumokuākea Marine National Monument name was adopted after consultation with native Hawaiian elders, and it suggests the abundance and timelessness of life on the Northwestern Hawaiian Islands. Most important, the name reminds us of our responsibility to care for the archipelago." - Mrs. Laura Bush
Learn more about Papahānaumokuākea (and the Chocolate Chip Sea Cucumbers, Sea Lettuces, Convict Tangs, and Hawaiian green sea turtles that live there!) at our Holiday in the National Parks exhibit -- last day is TOMORROW!
"We pray for the victims and families of this epic disaster. And the American government and American people are dedicated to helping you recover." Presidents Bush 41, Clinton, Bush 43, and Laura Bush expressed their condolences to the Sri Lankan embassy on 1/3/2005.
In 2005, Presidents Bush 43, Bush 41, Clinton, and Laura Bush visited the DC embassies of the countries affected by the Boxing Day Tsunami to offer their condolences.
At Thailand's embassy, a photograph of Khun Poom Jensen, 21, was placed next to the condolence book. A grandson of Thailand's King Bhumibol Adulyadej, Mr. Jensen died in the tsunami. https://georgewbush-whitehouse.archives.gov/infocus/tsunami/photoessays/01.html
15 years ago, the most destructive tsunami in history killed over 230,000 people in Southeast Asia. President George W. Bush announced a nationwide charitable fundraising effort to be led by President George H.W. Bush and President Bill Clinton.
"As the people of this devastated region struggle to recover, we offer our love and compassion, and our assurance that America will be there to help." http://ow.ly/8tDK50xHyI9
Black Eyed Peas for good luck and prosperity in 2020! What's your favorite New Year's tradition? Resolution or no resolution?
Remember the #Alamo! And also, don't forget to come see our new exhibit, Holiday in the National Parks: Christmas at the White House 2007, open through Jan. 5. https://www.georgewbushlibrary.smu.edu/
Mrs. Laura Bush: "[My friends and I] began this tradition on our 40th birthday by floating down the Colorado River in the Grand Canyon, and then hiking the 10 miles up the south rim. And then [in 2005], we did that Colorado River trip again with our daughters. And a few years after that first time, when we were 40, it was a lot harder to walk out those 10 miles."
More stories and artifacts, like this wooden oar, in our Holiday in the National Parks: Christmas at the White House 2007 exhibit, up through Jan. 5.
The wooden oar is hand-painted with a scene of the Grand Canyon and has a brass presentation plaque engraved with the names of Mrs. Bush's friends and their daughters who hiked the Grand Canyon in June 2005.
“Our duty is to use the land well, and sometimes, not to use it at all. This is our responsibility as citizens; but, more than that, it is our calling as stewards of the Earth." -- President George W. Bush, May 2001 at Sequoia National Park.
Holiday in the National Parks exhibit goes through January 5. http://ow.ly/FKKw50xHazt
For Christmas 2007, Mrs. Laura Bush invited all the National Parks to send a hand-painted ornament for the White House Christmas tree. Our new exhibit features the beautiful 18 foot tree, 329 National Park ornaments, Mrs. Bush's dresses, and much more. http://ow.ly/nh1d50xHasU
What are you having for Christmas dinner? Mrs. Laura Bush has served Wild Mushroom Soup to her friends and family at Christmas. Let us know what your favorite Christmas dinner food is!
"On this Christmas day, as families across the nation gather in our homes to celebrate, Laura and I extend to all Americans our best wishes for the holidays. We hope this Christmas is a time of joy and peace for each of you, and we hope it offers you a chance for rest and reflection as you look forward to the new year ahead." - President George W. Bush, Christmas Day 2004.
Our current exhibit, Holiday in the National Parks: Christmas at the White House 2007, runs through January 5th.
We are closed Christmas Day and New Year's Day but open the 26th-January 5th! https://www.georgewbushlibrary.smu.edu/
President Bush makes Christmas Eve telephone calls to members of the Armed Forces, December 24, 2004. "They and their families are making many sacrifices for our Nation, and all Americans are deeply grateful." http://ow.ly/ECY950xH9TV
Upcoming Holiday Closures for *Research Room* ONLY
All research rooms in every archival facility across the National
Archives network will be closed to the public:
• Tuesday, December 24 for Christmas Eve - closing at noon
• Wednesday, December 25 for Christmas Day - closed all day
• Tuesday, December 31 for New Year’s Eve - closing at noon
• Wednesday, January 1 for New Year's Day - closed all day
Regular research room services will resume the following business day. The Museum will be closed Christmas Day and New Year's Day.
Nationwide closures can be found at Federal Holidays and
Research Room Closings. Check your local archival location for
normal hours at www.archives.gov/locations.
"We give thanks to the men and women of our military who are serving with courage and skill, and making our entire nation proud." -- President George W. Bush, Nov. 27, 2004
President Bush makes phone calls to troops, Thanksgiving 2004.
15 years ago, President Bush pardoned the National Thanksgiving Turkey, "Biscuits" and his buddy "Gravy." The turkeys were chosen by an online vote. President Bush: "It was a close race. You might say it was neck-and-neck."
Mrs. Laura Bush shared some of her family's favorite recipes, including her Thanksgiving Dinner Spicy Mashed Sweet Potatoes with Maple Syrup. Just in time for your grocery run this weekend! More recipes (including President's Pecan Pie) at: http://ow.ly/bRfP50xiwYm.
George W. Bush Presidential Library's cover photo
A great day at the Library and Museum as we opened our new exhibit -- Holiday in the National Parks: Christmas at the White House 2007! Did you know the White House is a National Park?
“Our national parks are more precious than gold to the United States.”
– Mrs. Laura Bush
Would you like to volunteer? If you would like to participate in the DFW Archives Bazaar, send us an email with your contact information and how you might like to be involved. Email Us
Our Native Texas Park Docent was joined by Master Naturalists and they were able to tag monarch butterflies at our Native Texas Park! Come check out the park -- open from sunrise to sunset. https://bit.ly/33QIymW
In two weeks, join staff from the George W. Bush Presidential Library at the 2019 DFW Archives Bazaar! Learn about the archival profession, the collections and institutions in our area, and how to preserve your own archives!
Date: Saturday, November 2, 2019
Time: 1-5 pm
Location: Patterson-Appleton Center in Denton, TX
Would you like to volunteer? If you would like to participate in the DFW Archives Bazaar, send us an email with your contact information and how you might like to be involved. Email Us
We are pleased to announce that we will be participating in the DFW Archives Bazaar!
Another new participant this year - The George W. Bush Presidential Library!
The George W. Bush Presidential Library and Museum is the 13th Presidential Library administered by the US National Archives and Records Administration (NARA). NARA's Presidential Libraries and Museums are repositories for textual, electronic, and audiovisual Presidential records as well as domestic and foreign Presidential gifts. With its state-of-the-art interactive exhibits, the museum gives visitors an in-depth look at eight years of American history, the American Presidency, and important issues of public policy.
Get to know them at the 2019 DFW Archives Bazaar on November 2, from 1-5pm at the Greater Denton Arts Council Patterson-Appleton Arts Center.
Come and join us for #MonarchMania tomorrow, Saturday 10/5, from 9 AM - 12 PM!
We're wishing President Carter a very happy 95th Birthday!
Today the new Dallas Holocaust and Human Rights Museum @dhhrm_org opens, and with its opening Dallas is celebrating #UpstanderDay! Here is President Bush after giving a statement on PEPFAR (President's Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief)
#OTD Firefighters look on as President Bush surveys the World Trade Center site. #September11th #NeverForget
Standing with retired NYC firefighter Bob Beckwith, in an impromptu speech, President Bush rallies firefighters and rescue workers at the site of the Wold Trade Center. #September11 #NeverForget
Join us live with the SMU Police Department and first responders from Highland Park and University Park - as we honor the police officers and firefighters who lost their lives during the 9/11 terror attacks.
Today, we joined the @SMU Police Department and first responders from Highland Park and University Park as we honored those who lost their lives on #September11th.
President Bush greets rescue workers, firefighters and military personnel while surveying the damage at the Pentagon. #September11th #NeverForget
#September11th #NeverForget Dir. of Communications Dan Bartlett pointed to news footage of the World Trade Center Towers burning, September 11, 2001, as President George W. Bush at the Emma E. Booker Elementary School in Sarasota, Florida gathered information about the attack.
Our guided tours of our Texas Native Park start again today! Tours at 10 AM and 11 AM weather permitting.
President Bush took a turn at a table saw during a Labor Day tour of the Carpenters Join Apprenticeship Center on Neville Island, Pennsylvania #LaborDay
President and Mrs. Bush greeted volunteers during their visit to the Capital Area Food Bank in Washington, D.C.
We're late to the party, but couldn't miss celebrating a happy (belated) #nationaldogday! Here's Barney at the podium in the White House Press Briefing Room and Barney and Miss Beazley among the flowers.
The weekend is never a bad time for a #walk in our Native Texas Park!
Today's #MusicalMonday brings us to the Australian National Maritime Musuem in Sydney where President Bush watched a performance of Aboriginal song and dance.
#OTD President Bush greeted President Nicholas Sarkozy of France upon his arrival to Walker's Point. Learn more about Presidential Retreats at our new exhibit!
#OTD U.S. Olympic Men's Basketball team member Dwight Howard made a slam dunk at the 2008 Summer Olympic Games in Beijing. 🏀 http://ow.ly/x8t850vjjYp
These kids looked like they were having fun with President Bush! We're getting ready for #BackToSchool2019 and are now accepting Field Trip requests http://ow.ly/rpoI50vjkja
2943 SMU Blvd Dallas, TX 75205
Please consider mass transit. We are accessible via the Mockingbird Station stop of the Dallas Area Rapid Transit (DART) System, on the orange, red, or blue lines. The Mockingbird DART station is located within one mile of the Presidential Center.
From the Mockingbird DART station, visitors may take Route 768 SMU Mustang Express Shuttle, which drops off and picks up directly at the entrance to the Center.
ROUTE 768 – PRESIDENTIAL CENTER
Monday – Saturday,
Runs approx. every 15 minutes from 7:10 a.m. – 7:30 p.m.
Runs approx. every 20 minutes after 7:30 p.m.
There is no shuttle service on Sundays.
From the Mockingbird DART station, visitors may take Route 743 SMU Mustang Express Shuttle, which provides continuous service to the Center as well as SMU's Meadows Museum.
ROUTE 743 - PRESIDENTIAL CENTER AND SMU'S MEADOWS MUSEUM
Tuesday – Saturday, 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Sunday, 1:00 – 5:00 p.m.
There is no shuttle service on Mondays.
No service Easter Sunday, July 4, Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day, and New Year’s Day.
The George W. Bush Presidential Library and Museum website is www.bush43library.org. Operated by the National Archives and Records Administration, the George W. Bush Presidential Library and Museum documents the presidency of George W. Bush.
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#DinoDay Join us today for Dinosaur Day activities, noon - 2pm. ow.ly/sCWH30k3lDH
First Ladies: Style of Influence
Opening TODAY! “First Ladies: #StyleofInfluence”
Our NEW special exhibit gives you an inside peek at the role that first ladies’ have played behind the scenes and on the world stage throughout our nation’s history: goo.gl/23qkqJ
Decision Points Theater
What would YOU do?
The interactive Decision Points Theater @GWBLibrary puts you in the president’s shoes to consider various options to the challenging issues that President George W. Bush faced during his Administration.
Plan your visit today: goo.gl/Ks1TYU
St. Philip’s School & Community Center Choir
Thanks to St. Philip’s School & Community Center Choir for sharing some Christmas cheer with us today! Enjoy more community choirs, holiday crafts, and fascinating Docent Talks on White House Christmas history: goo.gl/Dw6pKk
#DinoDay Celebrate National Dinosaur Day and learn about historic Texan dinosaurs @GWBLibrary with FREE Jurassic crafts, TODAY, 10am-1pm. You might even spot a T-Rex!
Who knew prehistoric dinosaurs were interested in Presidential campaign history? Join T-Rex and learn more about presidential elections @GWBLibrary’s fun, interactive #PathtothePresidency” exhibit: http://goo.gl/x85rJJ
Due to inclement weather, The George W. Bush Presidential Library and Museum will be closing at 1 p.m. today.For info about pre-purchased tickets e-mail [email protected]
- stay safe and enjoy the winter weather!
8:30 p.m. E.S.T. POTUS delivers an address to the Nation on the 9/11 terrorist attacks #Neverforget
12:04 p.m. C.S.T. The President makes a statement about the terrorist attacks. #neverforget
9:30 a.m. E.S.T. The President makes a statement to the press on the terrorist attack on New York's WTC #neverforget
Here is a video celebrating some of the highlights from our first year. Everybody at the Library and Museum would like to thank the over 438,000 visitors that have already made the journey to see us in Dallas. For those that haven't had the chance yet, we are looking forward to seeing you. Here's to a great second year!
Welcome to Wayback Wednesday:
President George W. Bush addresses the nation Dec. 18, 2005 about the first Iraqi democratic election and the renewal of Iraq.
The transcript of the speech can be found here: http://1.usa.gov/1bQ56kH.
In closing we leave you with the words President George W. Bush spoke to the men, women and children of the world. We thank you for allowing us to share today with you and we hope that the tweets and Facebook posts helped you to remember to #neverforget
President Bush announces the death of Chief Justice Rehnquist
On Sept. 4, 2005, President Bush announced the death of Chief Justice of the United States William Rehnquist. Chief Justice Rehnquist had passed away from cancer on Sept. 3, 2005. He was at his home surrounded by his three children. Below is the transcript and video from President Bush's announcement.
President's Statement on the Death of Chief Justice William Rehnquist
The Roosevelt Room
10:01 A.M. EDT
THE PRESIDENT: Our nation is saddened today by the news that Chief Justice William Rehnquist passed away last night. Laura and I send our respect and deepest sympathy to this good man's children, Jim, Janet, and Nancy. We send our respect to all the members of the Rehnquist family.
William H. Rehnquist was born and raised in Wisconsin. He was the grandson of Swedish immigrants. Like so many of his generation, he served in the Army during World War II. He went on to college with the help of the G.I. Bill. He studied law at Stanford University. He graduated first in his class, that included his future colleague, Sandra Day O'Connor. Judge Rehnquist, and his late wife, Nan, raised their family in Phoenix, where he built a career as one of Arizona's leading attorneys. He went on to even greater distinction in public service as an assistant U.S. attorney general, associate justice of the Supreme Court, and for the past 19 years, Chief Justice of the United States.
He was extremely well respected for his powerful intellect. He was respected for his deep commitment to the rule of law and his profound devotion to duty. He provided superb leadership for the federal court system, improving the delivery of justice for the American people, and earning the admiration of his colleagues throughout the judiciary.
Even during a period of illness, Chief Justice Rehnquist stayed on the job to complete the work of his final Supreme Court term. I was honored and I was deeply touched when he came to th