A hub for historical memorabilia from the Lyndon B. Johnson Administration, the LBJ Presidential Library offers a unique look at American history. Experience the 1960s through a variety of interactive and engaging exhibits like a replica of LBJ's Oval Office, numerous telephone recordings of the 36th President and artifacts from Lady Bird Johnson’s environmental efforts. The Library is situated on the University of Texas at Austin campus and attracts 100,000 visitors each year. Learn more about the LBJ Library and plan your trip today.
Oval Office. Credit Lauren Gerson.
One of 14 Presidential Libraries in the United States, the LBJ Library contains exhibits that remain relevant from the 1960s to today. Explore each exhibit to learn how legislation enacted by President Johnson continues to affect America. Here are five permanent exhibits not to miss:
- The "Civil Rights" exhibit highlights Johnson’s enactment of the Voting Rights Act of 1965 and his efforts to pursue social justice during his presidency.
- "November 22, 1963" remembers the moments following the infamous assassination of President John F. Kennedy. Displays include Johnson’s renowned “Let Us Continue” speech and a letter written from Jacqueline Kennedy to LBJ.
- "The Legacy Gallery" showcases the impact of LBJ's presidency on America. From Lady Bird’s wildflower campaign to Medicare - the legacies are innumerable.
- The "Social Justice Gallery" pays tribute to Johnson’s advocacy for underserved and underrepresented Americans. Immerse yourself in the historic documents and artifacts relating to LBJ’s decisions to protect consumer rights, the arts and more.
- The "Oval Office" is an exact replica of Johnson's office at a 7/8th scale. The space even features the desk that LBJ used, beginning in the Senate to his days as President.
- LBJ's Presidential Limousine is parked in the lobby of the museum. This custom vehicle was the exact car Johnson used during his time in Austin. Take note of all of the special features!
LBJ Library. Credit Lauren Gerson.
Hours, Admission & Accessibility
The museum is open 7 days a week from 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.
General admission is $10 for adults, $7 for Seniors 62+ with ID, $5 for former military with valid ID, and $3 for youth ages 13-17 and college students with a valid ID. Admission is free for children 12 and under, active members of the military, members of Friends of the LBJ Library or Future Forum, Members of other NARA Presidential Libraries, student groups with reservations, and University of Texas students, faculty and staff with valid ID.
One of Johnson’s greatest desires for the Library was to make it accessible for all. The LBJ Library offers eight free admission days annually, including: MLK Day, Presidents Day, Explore UT, Memorial Day, the Fourth of July, August 27th (LBJ's birthday), Veterans Day and Austin Museum Day.
Accessible parking spaces are available in visitor lot #38, with access available to a wheelchair ramp. Check the website for accessible routes to the library through campus. Service animals are welcome inside the library, wheelchairs are available at the admissions desk free of charge and motorized wheelchairs are permitted. The museum offers wheelchair-accessible restrooms and elevators to make every exhibition easily accessible. Video presentations are closed-captioned, interactive tables feature accessible enhancements and description booklets are available for exhibitions at the admissions desk.
There is always something interesting to explore at the LBJ Presidential Library, so check out the calendar to find current happenings and events.
Contributed by Lauren Laird, Visit Austin Marketing Communications Intern.