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Museum & Exhibit FAQs

Will I see the President or Mrs. Bush at the Museum?

President George W. Bush and Mrs. Laura Bush remain actively involved in issues of national and global concern through the George Bush Institute, a policy institute that is part of the Bush Center and operated by the George W. Bush Foundation. The President continues to emphasize education, global health, human freedom, and support of the military, while Mrs. Bush focuses on education, health care, and human rights for women. In addition, they are the parents of Barbara and Jenna along with son-in-laws Craig Coyne and Henry Hager, respectively, and proud grandparents of three grandchildren. However, visitors are frequently surprised to see them strolling through the exhibits. 

Is it possible to hold my wedding reception or other special event at the Museum? 

Rental opportunities at the Bush Center include the towering Freedom Hall and the adjoining outdoor Ceremonial Courtyard. Up to 400 guests can be accommodated and special event catering is available. Click here for details or email the Catering Team.

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 through our Visitor Services at least 1 month in advance. Field trips are available Monday - Thursday during the academic school year. Click here to schedule a field trip.

Why don't you mow the grass?

The environmentally conscious design of the Bush Center building and grounds reflects President and Mrs. Bush’s long-standing commitment to conservation. The nine acres of lawn at the Bush Center are a mixture of native short prairie grasses that are drought tolerant, need little mowing, and require minimal fertilization and water. The mix was developed through years of research and trials by the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center with the goal of demonstrating a viable alternative to typical cultivated turf. This is the first large-scale implementation of this seed mix. LEARN MORE.

Is there a place to eat at the Museum?

Food and beverages including candy, gum, and water bottles are not allowed in the Museum. However, near the Museum entrance is Cafe 43, a full service restaurant featuring seasonal, locally-sourced menu items. Dining in Cafe 43 does not require admission to the Museum. Another option is the Courtyard Cafe with outdoor seating in the Ceremonial Courtyard and offering daily specials, soups, salads, sandwiches, and beverages.

How do I purchase my photo taken in the Oval Office from my visit?

To purchase your photo taken in the Oval Office during your visit, please click here.  Use the password mm-dd-yyyy (date of your visit).  For questions or assistance, please contact Bush@freezeframe.com.

How are the artifacts preserved? 

Throughout the Administration, Presidential gifts are maintained on courtesy storage at the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) in Washington, D.C. When they arrive, museum staff work carefully to inventory and store the items in special artifact housing readying them for eventual transport to the future Presidential Library. At the end of the Administration, they are transferred to the Presidential Library administered by NARA. The George W. Bush Presidential Library and Museum properly preserves, inventories, and exhibits the artifacts and materials from the Administration of President George W. Bush.

Do the artifacts belong to the President? 

When a President accepts a gift from a foreign Head of State, it becomes the property of the American people, as he is working on our behalf.  The President may choose to retain some gifts at the end of his term.  For gifts from foreign Heads of State, the President must purchase the gift at the appraised value if he chooses to keep it.  For domestic gifts or gifts from foreign private citizens under a set dollar amount (currently $335), the President may keep them as he chooses.  For domestic gifts or gifts from foreign private citizens over the set amount, the President must declare them on his taxes if he chooses to keep them.  If the President does not formally indicate his intent to keep, purchase or declare the gifts, they are then automatically transferred to the Library and Museum.

Who designed the permanent exhibit? 

As with all Presidential museums, the President’s Foundation funds and oversees the design and construction of the facility and permanent museum exhibits. During the entire process, Presidential Library and Museum staff members work closely with the Foundation and its contractors to ensure the final exhibit meets NARA requirements and will allow the Library and Museum to fulfill its educational goals. At the George W. Bush Presidential Library and Museum, NARA staff members have worked very closely with the Foundation, the museum designer, PRD Group Ltd., and the museum fabricator and installer, Design and Production. Cortina Productions produced the films and interactive exhibits in the Museum.

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