What to Expect this Spring at the George W. Bush Presidential Library

There's plenty to see and do at the museum all season long.

Posted on Apr 19, 2019 By David C Justin

Spring is here and just like the bluebonnets popping up on the side of the road, new exhibits and events are popping up at the George W. Bush Presidential Library and Museum.

Presidential Retreats

Have you ever wondered how presidents take vacation? Now's your chance to find out. Open now until Oct. 6, 2019, Away from the White House: Presidential Retreats is an inside look at the private getaways of U.S. presidents since the early 1900s. Featured in the exhibit are Camp David, Prairie Chapel Ranch, LBJ Ranch and Walker's Point. Candid photos and artifacts offer a rare glimpse into the civilian life of U.S. presidents and their families.  But while barbecues, swimming parties and hikes show the attempts made at relaxation by the different presidents, these retreats were also used to conduct important state business. To quote former First Lady Nancy Reagan: "Presidents don't get vacations – they just get a change of scenery."

Native Texas Nature

The Native Texas Park at the Bush Center. Photo Courtesy of Grant Miller for the George W. Bush Presidential Center.
The Native Texas Park at the Bush Center. Photo Courtesy of Grant Miller for the George W. Bush Presidential Center.

The flowers are blooming and the birds are singing in the 15-acre Native Texas Park. Featuring a mile of walking trails, the park showcases native grasslands and prairies. As you troll through the urban park, you'll see Blackland Prairie grasses and seasonal wildflowers, as well as native birds and butterflies. Free guided tours are offered on weekends, featuring the Texas state flower, the bluebonnet.

Protecting the President

On May 21, former U.S. Secret Service agents take the stage to discuss what it takes to protect the president wherever he goes. The Secret Service: Protecting the President Everywhere features a panel of former agents including Joe Clancy, former director of the U.S. Secret Service, and Nick Trotta, a member of President Bush's detail on 9/11. Tickets are $25.

Tickets Prices for the museum are as follows:

  • Adult – $21
  • Senior (62+) – $18
  • Youth (13-17) – $19
  • Child (5-12) – $15
  • Infant (0-4) – FREE
  • College Student (Non-SMU) – $18
  • SMU Student, Faculty & Staff – FREE
  • Military (Retired) – $10
  • Military (Active Duty) – FREE

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