A few weeks ago, the big one and I went to Austin to see a show on the UT Austin campus. The show wasn’t until the afternoon, so when I realized the LBJ Library was literally across the street, I knew we had to go.
Johnson was the 36th president. He was Kennedy’s VP and took over upon his death and was then elected again in 1964. The library was dedicated in 1971 (and it totally looks like it was built then and I don’t necessarily mean that in a bad way). If you are familiar with Johnson at all (which I wasn’t until I moved here, beyond the basics anyways) you’ll know that he is from this area of Texas. He grew up near Johnson City, taught school in South Texas, and his ranch is also near Johnson City.
The museum started out with a short video about Johnson, then we moved onto the exhibits. The first floor of the museum held a current non related exhibit, as well as a time line of his life and the era. The next floor up housed the exhibits on life during the era, Vietnam, civil rights, and all the programs he put into effect. My son and I both found it all interesting. It was interactive enough for him and I don’t mind reading all the information.
From there, you go up to the 10th floor of the building. A replica of his Oval Office, as well as Lady Bird Johnson’s office are on display. Possessions of theirs, including clothes, family pictures, and a place setting of her White House china are also on display.
We spent a couple hours in the museum, but we both really enjoyed it. My son got a passport for all the presidential libraries. I’m still sad that we didn’t get a chance to go to Nixon’s and Reagan’s in California, but both Bush’s are in Texas, so we’ll make our way to those.
It was $8 for me to get in, the kid was free. Parking was also free.