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NARA Announces Details for Opening

NARA Announces Details for Opening

DALLAS, TX (4/5/2013) --- The National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) announced today the details for the public opening of the George W. Bush Presidential Library and Museum scheduled for May 1.

Starting on Monday, April 8, at 9 a.m., NARA will begin selling online individual tickets for general admission to the Library and Museum, said Alan Lowe, the Library and Museum’s Director.

"All of us at the Library and Museum are thrilled that after years of planning and shaping this idea, we have finally reached the time and place when we can give America its 13th Presidential Library," he said.

The pricing schedule for tickets is as follows:

  • Adults $16
  • Seniors $13
  • Non-Southern Methodist University (SMU) college students $13
  • Youth ages 13 to 17 - $14
  • Children ages 5 to 12 - $10
  • Retired military $10
  • And all children under five, SMU faculty, staff, and students, and active duty military will be admitted for free.
  • Group discounts are available. For more information on group rates call 214-346-1557 or e-mail bush43visitors@nara.gov.

There will also be a 20 percent discount for anyone that presents a same day Meadows Museum admission ticket. The Meadows Museum is located on the campus of SMU.

The tickets will be available at http://osp.osmsinc.com/georgewbushlibrary/. All visitors who present one of the discounted or free tickets must be able to provide proper ID before entering the Library and Museum.

The ticketing procedures for the Library and Museum will be a timed ticket system, much like the Perot Museum of Nature and Science, also located in Dallas.

"We highly encourage that all visitors coming to the Library and Museum reserve their tickets online prior to arrival," Lowe said. "While we will have 50 tickets per hour available to any customer that wants to walk up and tour the museum, those tickets are going to sell fast and we want to ensure that everyone gets to enjoy his or her experience."

By using the online ticketing website, visitors will have the ability to pick the date and time they would like to tour the Museum. In addition to the 50 walk-up tickets, 300 tickets per hour will be available to be purchased online.

Due to the low number of available parking spaces, it is recommended that visitors carpool or use mass-transit such as the DART - which has the Mockingbird Station located directly across U.S. Highway 75 from the Library and Museum and will have a shuttle running to and from the station to the facility.

On the north side of SMU Boulevard there is a limited amount of visitor parking in the guest lot across from the main entrance. Drivers can also park in any non-reserved parking spaces on the SMU campus and at the Mockingbird Station.

When visiting the facility it is important to remember that no outside food or drink is allowed and that weapons are not permitted on the Library and Museum property. All visitors will have to pass through metal detectors and all bags will be examined through an x-ray scanner before entering the facility. Large bags should not be brought into the facility.

"These precautions are for both the safety of every visitor and every employee within the Library and Museum," Lowe said.

To complement the visitors experience at the Library and Museum, the George W. Bush Center has a Gift Shop for visitors to purchase souvenirs and Café 43, which will allow everyone to have a pleasant dining experience while at the facility, he said.

Starting May 1, the Library and Museum will be open Monday through Saturday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sundays from noon to 5 p.m. The facility will be closed on Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day and New Years Day.

"Thanks to President and Mrs. Bush and our partnership with the George W. Bush Foundation and Southern Methodist University, we have been able to create a world-class facility for generations to come," Lowe said.

Located on the campus of SMU - which is a nationally ranked private university in Dallas enrolling nearly 11,000 undergraduate and graduate students from throughout the world in seven degree-granting schools - the facility is the 13th Presidential Library administered by NARA, and houses the official records and artifacts of the Presidency of George W. Bush.

For media inquiries, please call 214-346-1670 or email john.orrell@nara.gov.


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