Bush Library and Museum Celebrates the half-a-million attendance mark
DALLAS – (6/27/14) Yesterday, the George W. Bush Presidential Library and Museum reached a major milestone when it welcomed its 500,000th visitor to the museum since its public opening on May 1, 2013.
“We are so grateful to our many visitors, and we look forward to serving many more in the future,” said Alan Lowe, the director of the GWB Library.
As a premier destination for people around the world about the life and Presidency of George W. Bush, Lowe recognizes that the GWB Library was able to reach this monumental achievement through constant support and steadfast partnerships.
“We have all been very pleased with the extraordinary positive reception we have received and appreciate the tremendous support we have been given by so many people,” he said. “And we are deeply grateful for the support of the President and Mrs. Bush, the Bush Foundation, and Southern Methodist University, all of whom have been tremendous partners for the Library.”
As the 13th Presidential Library administered by the National Archives and Records administration, or NARA, the Bush Library serves as a resource for the world through its vast collection of archives from the Bush Administration.
In addition to the archives are the permanent museum exhibits, special exhibits – such as the recent “The Art of Leadership: A President's Personal Diplomacy” and an expansive variety of educational and public programs.
“The Presidential libraries are focused on providing information and education,” Lowe said. “Through our museums, through the archives, and through our programs, we are always seeking new and better ways to be a resource.”
He added, “We’re especially proud of the fact that, of our first 500,000 visitors, over 23,000 have been school children - who have been admitted free-of-charge – as part of our organized school field trip program.
With 500,000 visitors experiencing the Library and Museum, Lowe said his goal is to build on this success, and continue being the resource about the Bush Presidency that people will visit time, and time again.
Adding, “It has been a pleasure to welcome so many visitors thus far…we can’t wait to welcome our next 500,000.”