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UPDATE: The permanent and special exhibits at the George W. Bush Presidential Library and Museum are open to the public. The Research Room is open by appointment only. Schedule a virtual orientation prior to booking travel. We continue to respond to written requests for records at Please check our website or for updates on operating hours and status.

On April 25, 2013, President Jimmy Carter and Mrs. Rosalynn Carter, President George H. W. Bush and Mrs. Barbara Bush, President William J. Clinton and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, President George W. Bush and Mrs. Laura Bush, and President Barack Obama and Mrs. Michelle Obama joined more than 10,000 other guests on the campus of Southern Methodist University in Dallas, Texas to dedicate the George W. Bush Presidential Library and Museum. That dedication was the culmination of great effort, and the beginning of a great mission for the 13th Presidential Library administered by the National Archives and Records Administration. Like the other Federally-owned Presidential libraries, the Bush Presidential Library serves as a portal to the National Archives and its vast holdings at 45 locations around the nation.

Presidential Libraries hold the papers and records created by, for, or about Presidents and their administrations. Without the preservation of and access to these materials, the history of our nation would be incomplete. They document the key decisions, policies, and activities of the institution of the Presidency – the highest level of government – and provide a vital record of how a President and his staff arrive at crucial decisions. Through exhibits, educational initiatives, and public programs, the Presidential Libraries perform a critical outreach mission in their communities and beyond.

The George W. Bush Presidential Center houses:

Building Height

  • Three stories
  • At Freedom Plaza, 21’8”
  • From Freedom Plaza to top of Freedom Hall, 67’0”
  • At Institute and Foundation Entry, 54’4”
  • At South Terrace, 64’4”

Site Area

  • North of SMU Boulevard, 4.6 acres
  • South of SMU Boulevard, 18.43 acres
  • Total 23.11 acres

Floor Area

  • Museum, 43,620 gsf
  • Archives, 65,950 gsf
  • Institute and Foundation, 116,990 gsf
  • Total 226,560 gsf


  • Two Classrooms
  • Research Room
  • Storage Rooms for archives, audiovisual materials, and artifacts
  • Archival Processing and Exhibit Preparation Rooms
  • Library and Museum - NARA Offices
  • Volunteer Lounge

Museum Spaces

Foundation & Institute

  • Lobby
  • Pre-Function Room
  • Presidential Seminar Room
  • Auditorium with full broadcast capability
  • Formal Presentation Room
  • Six Institute Offices
  • 19 Fellows & Staff Offices
  • Foundation Offices
  • Presidential Suite


  • Public
  • Bus
  • Fellows, Senior Staff and NARA


Museum & Building Photographs

The George W. Bush Presidential Library and Museum is the 13th presidential library administered by the National Archives and Records Administration.