The Lyndon Baines Johnson Library and Museum, also known as the LBJ Presidential Library, is the presidential library and museum of Lyndon Baines Johnson, the 36th president of the United States (1963–1969). It is located on the grounds of the University of Texas at Austin, and is one of 13 presidential libraries administered by the National Archives and Records Administration. The LBJ Library houses 45 million pages of historical documents, including the papers of President Johnson and those of his close associates and others.
Discussions for a Presidential library for President Johnson began soon after his 1964 election victory. In February 1965, the chairman of the Board of Regents at the University of Texas at Austin, William H. Heath, proposed building the library on the university campus, along with funds to construct the building and the establishment of the Johnson School of Public Affairs on the campus. The agreement was formally reached on September 6, 1966. While past Presidential libraries were funded by private donations, the publicly-funded University of Texas paid $15 million of the $18 million needed to construct the complex and donated the land for the library, which was formerly a low-income neighborhood acquired by the university using eminent domain.
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Elaine Lockey | Feb 27, 2018
Really enjoyed it. 3 floors filled with interesting exhibits. You really get a solid understanding of what an amazing leader LBJ was- his legislative accomplishments and his ability to get others to step up and get things done. Plus his great sense of humor. In addition to the exhibits there are informative short videos and a fun animatronic LBJ. We spent about 3 hours here.
Jake Adkins | Nov 27, 2017
This is the second Presidential museum I have been to, so I can only compare to the Carter museum in Atlanta. Over all it is well worth going to. It is a beautiful building and very well maintained. This focuses on LBJ's life and his term as President. We went through quickly and spend about an hour, you could definitely spend more time. I accidentally parked in a University of Texas lot and got a ticket. I guess there is guest parking but I must have missed it. Be careful.
Kyle Kendrick | Feb 25, 2018
Interesting place if you enjoy 20th century American history. The interior is much more inviting than the stark exterior. The exhibits were a little better than I was expecting. The top has a beautiful view of downtown Austin with a replica of Johnson’s Oval Office that is oddly 1/8 less in size than the original. Was able to leave a backpack at the front desk; just be mindful the don’t have lockers to lock or secure items. Staff is helpful but not as friendly as I was expecting. One staff member(or director) was touring a congresswoman from Nevada and definely didn’t want to be bothered with questions from anyone else.
Lara Tanzer | Jan 17, 2018
I am fascinated by LBJ and this library offers a lot of really interesting information. You feel like you are in museum where time stands still and you really experience the flavor of his presidency. For anyone who is interested in presidential history, this is your place!
Jake Paul | Feb 17, 2018
I came with a backpack, they said that I had to check it in with the police. I waited a half and hour for the officer to see me, and finally just left. I already pre paid and entrance ticket so I just wasted my money. Great way to treat people over here.
Homeless Homie | Mar 22, 2018
The library described Lyndon baines Johnson as a tornado in pants! WOW! really? he must of had lots of work to accomplish during his 4 years in office. And he did too! Cant explain what he did completely unless you visit the Library itself and you will see his work unfold before you. Then, you'll understand why he called himself, THE TEACHING PRESIDENT. Liked the visit and the experience.
Kyle Kendrick | Mar 7, 2018
Interesting place if you enjoy 20th century American history. The interior is much more inviting than the stark exterior. The exhibits were a little better than I was expecting. The top has a beautiful view of downtown Austin with a replica of Johnson’s Oval Office that is oddly 1/8 less in size than the original. Was able to leave a backpack at the front desk; just be mindful the don’t have lockers to lock or secure items. Staff was helpful but not as friendly as I was expecting. One staff member(or director) was touring a congresswoman from Nevada and definely didn’t want to be bothered with questions from anyone else.
mitawastar | Mar 25, 2018
Very well put together exhibits. I was a little disappointed that a few of the interactive (the phone call experience near the civil rights section) portions of the exhibit were not working. Overall a memorable experience and a place to take others to learn more about the history of the country during his time in office
Henry Brooks | May 20, 2018
Great place to spend 3 hours. That's all you need. Gives you background of LBJ. He was focused on equality and did a lot of work in the US on this. Very organized tour and building. Free parking in lot 28.
Serena Qiu | May 27, 2018
A great library and definitely a must see when you are around. I learnt a lot about him. No matter you liked him or not, it is worth visiting.
Tina Steiner | Jul 8, 2018
A wonderfully historical place. I have attended many professional development workshops trainings and programs here. It is an awesome place to get continuing education hours. I love the many displays. I have attended Social Justice on the Field and in the Vlassroom, as well as Beatlemania. It's a great place to just take your family or hang out with friends to get an awesomely historical perspective of the Lyndon Johnson years. There are some details regarding Lady Bird Johnson, as well. Don't miss their Educator nights, either.
Robert Pardee | Jun 30, 2018
It was amazing! I got there with only an hour to look around. I could have easily spent a few hours looking a everything. I will definitely be back!
Lynne Halligan | Jul 14, 2018
Great Library with wonderful exhibit! This is my 6th Presidential Library, this one is at the top! Very informative, I lived this era so it was personal, especially about Kennedy and beyond, Vietnam, etc! New insight from a more mature perspective!
Wayne Geiser | Jun 22, 2018
Very well done. The library and museum includes all of LBJ's political career as well as exhibits highlighting Lady Bird and the rest of his family. We thoroughly enjoyed our visit.
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