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UPDATE: The permanent and special exhibits at the George W. Bush Presidential Library and Museum are open to the public. Our Research Room remains to closed to the public. We will continue to respond to written requests for records at Please check the Library and Museum's website for updates on our operating hours and status.

The George W. Bush Presidential Library and Museum is the 13th Presidential Library administered by the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA), a Federal agency. It is responsible for preserving the records from the Administration of President George W. Bush. Located on the campus of Southern Methodist University, the Bush Library includes a Museum and offers a wide variety of educational and public programs.

How does the Education Program use TEKS to create programming and resources?

All programs and resources are based on the student requirements in the Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills (TEKS). When developing a program, we begin with the TEKS and use backwards design to determine that all activities and lessons meet the student requirements listed in the TEKS. This format is followed because it is understood that educators need resources, programs, and curriculum tied to their students’ learning standards.

Can I have someone from the George W. Bush Presidential Library and Museum visit our campus to talk with students?

Absolutely! Whether interested in a career day program, hearing from the curator, a presentation on Presidential records, or booking the education specialist, we will be happy to work with you. Send an email to

Do you offer Distance Learning Programs?

The Bush Library is not equipped to offer distance learning programs. However, we plan to incorporate them into our programming in the near future. In the meantime, consider the distance learning programs offered by the National Archives. For more information, contact the Education Program at

What is the Situation Room Experience?

In 2006, President George W. Bush directed the White House Situation Room be renovated and updated. The historic Situation Room was used by nine sitting Presidents including President Ronald Reagan. The existing Situation Room complex was removed and two of the key rooms - the Main Conference Room and the Secure Video Transmission Site - were preserved and reinstalled at the George W. Bush and the Ronald Reagan Presidential Libraries.

These profoundly significant rooms provide an exceptional educational opportunity for students who will form teams to assume the roles of the Executive Office of the President and the President’s Cabinet in order to manage a constitutional crisis. Fellow classmates take on the parts of key news media members scrambling to cover the story as it unfolds before them. Participating students must work together in a high stakes environment to examine a multitude critical sources and make important decisions about developing events.

Register your high school or college class for this unique education simulation which sharpens communication, critical thinking, and leadership skills. For more information, contact

Do you allow school groups inside the Museum?

Absolutely. In fact, the Museum offers free admission tickets to school groups if the field trip has been scheduled at least one month in advance. Field trips are available Monday through Thursday during the academic school year. Schedule a field trip.