Artist rendering of the entrance to the George W. Bush Presidential Library and Museum.  Courtesy George W. Bush Foundation and Michael McCann for Robert A.M. Stern Architects, LLP.
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About the Facility

Administered by the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA), a Federal agency, the George W. Bush Presidential Library and Museum holds over 29,000 cubic feet of textual records (over 70 million pages) and 1200 cubic feet of audiovisual records. In addition to the textual and audiovisual materials, the Library has approximately 80 terabytes of electronic records - the largest electronic records collection in the Presidential Library system - including over 200 million email messages and nearly 4 million photographs.

The Museum features a permanent exhibit that uses artifacts, documents, photographs, and videos from the Library's extensive collection to capture the key decisions and events of the Presidency of George W. Bush. The permanent exhibit includes interactive features, such as a Decision Points Theater that allows visitors to learn even more about the decision-making process and policies. The Museum includes features, such as a full-sized Oval Office and a Texas Rose Garden.

The architectural signature of the Library and Museum is Freedom Hall. At a height of 67 feet, the Hall encases a one-of-a-kind, 360-degree, high definition video wall that orients visitors to the exhibit and depicts a montage of the 44 United States' Presidents.

The Library and Museum features a Presidential records research center, multiple classrooms,  and a second gallery as well as cases in the main lobby for temporary exhibits.

The Library and Museum is housed inside the George W. Bush Presidential Center. Located on the campus of Southern Methodist University, five miles north of downtown Dallas, Texas, the Presidential Center is a state-of-the-art facility located prominently on a 23 acre site. The Center is funded by the George W. Bush Foundation. Robert A. M. Stern Architects designed the Center, Manhattan Construction Company provided construction management services, and Michael Van Valkenburgh Associates provided the landscape architecture. The facility received Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Platinum certification for design and construction; the first Presidential Library and Museum to do so.  

George W. Bush Presidential Center Fact Sheet

The Center houses:

Building Height

  • 3 Stories
  • At Freedom Plaza 21’-8”
  • From Freedom Plaza to top of Freedom Hall 67’-0”
  • At Institute and Foundation Entry 54’-4”
  • At south terrace 64’-4”

Site Area

  • North of SMU Boulevard 4.6 acres
  • South of SMU Boulevard 18.43 acres
  • Total 23.11 acres

Floor Area

  • Museum 43,620 gsf
  • Archives 65,950 gsf
  • Institute and Foundation 116,990 gsf
  • Total 226,560 gsf

Archives

  • 2 Classrooms
  • Research Room
  • Storage Rooms for archives, audiovisual materials, and artifacts
  • Archival Processing and Exhibit Preparation Rooms
  • Library and Museum – NARA Offices
  • Volunteer Lounge

Museum Spaces

  • Freedom Plaza
  • Freedom Hall
  • Permanent Exhibit Gallery
  • Temporary Exhibit Gallery
  • Restaurant
  • Texas Rose Garden
  • Ceremonial Courtyard

Foundation & Institute

  • Lobby
  • Pre-Function Room
  • Presidential Seminar Room
  • Auditorium with full broadcast capability
  • Formal Presentation Room
  • 6 Institute Offices
  • 19 Fellows & Staff Offices
  • Foundation Offices
  • Presidential Suite

Parking

  • Public
  • Bus
  • Fellows, Senior Staff and NARA

 

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