Library and Museum Approach Artist Rendering. Courtesy George W. Bush Foundation and Michael McCann for Robert A.M. Stern Architects, LLP.

Visitors' FAQs

Is There a Security Check at the Library and Museum? 

The Library and Museum is a Federal agency and weapons are not allowed in the building. All visitors entering the Library and Museum must pass through a security check with a metal detector. All bags will be x-rayed and possibly searched by security staff. Any weapons will be confiscated by security staff and not returned. This includes ALL guns, ALL knives, to include locking and non-locking blades, pocket knives of any length, ©Swiss Army Knives, Gerber® Knives and Leatherman® or any other multipurpose tools, stun-guns, and any other items considered as less-than lethal weapons.

Where Is the Library and Museum Located? 

View the Directions and Parking page for directions, maps, transit information, and more details.

When you arrive at the Library and Museum, please enter at the main entrance and go to the admissions desk. A clerk will help you get started with your visit.

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What Accommodations Are Available? 

Overnight accommodations are within walking distance of the Library and Museum. In addition, several national hotel chains are short drives from the facility. 


Food and beverages are prohibited in the Museum (this includes candy, gum, and water bottles).

The Presidential Center's Cafe 43 offers a full service restaurant with a seasonal menu. For reservations, please visit or call 214-200-4302. Cafe 43 hours are: 11:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m., seven-days-a-week.

Snacks and other casual fare are available at a quick-service bistro located in the courtyard as well. Bistro hours are: 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m., Monday - Saturday and 12:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m., Sunday.

While you are encouraged to explore the grounds, due to ongoing construction, the 15-acre park south of the Museum is currently closed to picnics. If students will need to bring a sack lunch please plan to eat at nearby Glencoe Park, located at 5300 Martel, Dallas, TX 75206.

Glencoe Park 

Southern Methodist University and our surrounding areas also have quite a few dining options.

Is There a Museum Store? 

The Presidential Center store offers memorabilia, apparel, and gifts. For questions call 214-200-4304.

Does the Museum Offer Group Visits? 

To schedule group visits please visit the Group Visits page or visit the Planning a Field Trip page for more information.

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Where Do I Find Information about Museum and Education Programs? 

For information about education and museum programs, see Classroom Resources and News and Events

Is the Library and Museum ADA (Americans with Disabilities Act) Accessible? 

The facility is wheelchair accessible. Wheelchairs are available at the admissions desk on a first-come, first-served basis.

Motorized scooters are allowed in the facility, but are not available to be checked-out. 

Video presentations are closed-captioned for the hearing impaired.

Only animals defined by the ADA as Service Animals are authorized entry into the Museum; NO pets please.

***While wheelchairs are available free of charge to all visitors (on a first-come, first-served basis) they are not allowed to leave the secured area of the Library and Museum. This means they are not allowed to be taken to Cafe 43, the Museum Store, to the street for pick-up or drop-off, or to the fountain area for any photographs. Thank you for your understanding on this matter.

Contacting Visitor Services 

Please contact us with any additional questions or to schedule a group visit or school field trip:

Visitor Services Coordinator
George W. Bush Presidential Library and Museum
2943 SMU Boulevard
Dallas, TX 75205
Phone: 214-346-1650
Fax: 214-346-1699
Visitor Inquiries:


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