The big dedication of the George W. Bush Presidential Center today has Dallas buzzing with big names and high-profile figures who are in town to attend the ceremony. Unfortunately for we the general public, today’s festivities are invitation only. Not to worry, we’ll get to explore the Bush Presidential Center for ourselves next week when the center will open to the public on May 1st.
The Bush Presidential Center, which includes a library, museum, and institute, will open next Wednesday. The museum will feature some fantastic exhibits from Bush’s years as president including rubble from the World Trade Center and the bullhorn he used to make a speech at Ground Zero. You’ll also get a look at the tough decisions Bush had to make as president in the Decision Points Theater, a sort of “choose-your-own-adventure” interactive exhibit. There is also a full-scale replica of the Oval Office where you can sit at the president’s desk.
You can purchase a membership to the George W. Bush Presidential Center that, depending on your level of membership, will get your name on the Freedom Registry at the Presidential Center, annual membership to the museum, discounts on gift shop items, access to select webcasts of Bush Institute conferences, access to online resources, and a subscription to the newsletter. Family memberships are $100, dual memberships are $85, individual memberships are $65, a Freedom Registry membership is $50, and a Charter membership is $25. Find out more about what the different levels of membership entail.
Individual tickets for the museum are available for purchase in person and through the website. Admission prices are $16 for adults, $13 for seniors, $14 for teens (13-17), $10 for kids (5-12), and free for kids 4 and under. SMU students, staff, and faculty can enjoy free admission, but college students not enrolled at SMU can purchase museum admission for $13. Active members of the military can also enjoy free admission while retired military can purchase museum admission for $10. There are also group prices, field trips, and group tours available, and more information about those can be found on the Bush Center website at bushcenter.org.