Lyndon Baines Johnson Library and Museum

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President Nixon and former President Johnson at the museum's dedication in 1971
Lyndon Baines Johnson Library
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Lyndon Baines Johnson Library and Museum is located in Texas
Lyndon Baines Johnson Library and Museum
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Location 30°17′09″N 97°43′45″W / 30.2857°N 97.7292°W / 30.2857; -97.7292Coordinates: 30°17′09″N 97°43′45″W / 30.2857°N 97.7292°W / 30.2857; -97.7292
Austin, Texas, USA
Dedicated May 22, 1971
Named for Lyndon B. Johnson
Architect Gordon Bunshaft of Skidmore, Owings & Merrill1
Size 14 acres (57,000 m²)
Website LBJ Presidential Library

The Lyndon Baines Johnson Library and Museum, also known as the LBJ Presidential Library, is one of 13 Presidential Libraries administered by the National Archives and Records Administration. The Library houses 45 million pages of historical documents, including the papers of Lyndon Baines Johnson and those of his close associates and others. The Library was dedicated on May 22, 1971, with Johnson and then-President Richard Nixon in attendance. The current director is Presidential historian Mark K. Updegrove. President Johnson is buried at his ranch, near Johnson City, Texas, at the Lyndon B. Johnson National Historical Park. After her death in July, 2007, the body of Lady Bird Johnson lay in repose in the Library and Museum, just as her husband's had after his death, 34 years earlier.2

In 2012, the LBJ Library underwent a multi-million dollar redesign, during which most of the exhibits were closed. On December 22, the Library reopened to the public. In 2013, the Library began charging admission for the first time since its dedication in 1971.3

The Library, adjacent to the LBJ School of Public Affairs, occupies a 14-acre (57,000 m²) campus that is federally run and independent from The University of Texas at Austin. The top floor of the Library has a 7/8ths scale replica of the Oval Office decorated as it was during Johnson's presidency. The LBJ Library provides year-round public viewing of its permanent historical, cultural, and temporary exhibits to approximately 125,000 visitors each year.4 It is open from 9 a.m. until 5 p.m. seven days a week throughout the year. The Library is closed on Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year's Day.5

References

  1. ^ "Facts about the Lyndon B. Johnson Library and Museum". Retrieved 2013-12-01. 
  2. ^ Moritz, John. "Lady Bird Johnson Lies In Repose". The Spokesman. Retrieved 8 July 2013. 
  3. ^ Wheeler, Anne. "LBJ Library Opens New Exhibits After Multi Million Dollar Renovation". 
  4. ^ "LBJ Presidential Library". 
  5. ^ "Plan Your Visit". LBJ Presidential Library. Retrieved 2 July 2013. 


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Further reading

Benjamin Hufbauer, Presidential Temples: How Memorials and Libraries Shape Public Memory (University Press of Kansas, 2005). See ch.3: "Symbolic Power, Democratic Access, and the Imperial Presidency: The Johnson Library."








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