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LBJ Presidential Library
This impressive modernist building, designed by architect Gordon Bunshaft, houses the legacy of the 36th president of the United States of America. Central Texas native Lyndon Baines Johnson was one of the most colorful and powerful men in the history of the state of Texas. This 10-story library was dedicated in 1971 and contains 45 million pages of historical documents, 650,000 photos, and 5,000 hours of recordings from President Johnson's long political career, during which he was involved in highs and lows including landmark achievements in civil rights as well as U.S. military action in Southeast Asia. The library also features exhibits in collaboration with other institutions that touch on other parts of Texas and U.S. history.
By Matthew Odam, AFAR Local Expert
Get up close and personal with LBJ
Lyndon Baines Johnson, America’s 36th president, was larger than life. His 10-storey presidential library and museum is living proof. Here, situated on the northeast corner of the leafy green University of Texas campus, you’ll find everything you need to know about one of America’s political giants, from the Vietnam War, to major legislative accomplishments in the areas of civil rights, voting rights and more. Beyond the exhibits, items and multi-media displays, there’s also a replica of LBJ’s Oval Office, space celebrating Lady Bird Johnson and her achievements and a decent gift shop.
2313 Red River St, Austin, TX 78712, USA
Sun - Sat 9am - 5pm