When I was a kid, I thought the replica Oval Office in Austin's Lyndon Baines Johnson library was the coolest thing—I still do. However, it's only one of many interesting attractions at the LBJ Library and Museum, which sits at the edge of the University of Texas Campus along Interstate 35. The Library is one of 13 presidential libraries administered by the National Archives and Records Administration and contains some 45 million pages of historical documents, including papers from the entire public career of President Johnson. Other interesting things to see here include his black stretch 1968 limousine, photographs from the Civil Rights era, political cartoons that he collected, and a strange, almost life-sized animatronic version of the man himself—which spouts quotes in a voice with his signature Texas drawl. There’s also a gallery of images and artifacts from that unforgettable November day in 1963 when John F. Kennedy was shot and LBJ became the 36th United States President. Always outspoken and opinionated, LBJ was the quintessential Texas politician and most Texans liked him, just as they like this library. A visit won’t take that long—plan on just 1 hr.—and there is both free parking in a lot next to the library and free admission to the museum, which makes it one of the easiest places to visit on the big and busy UT campus.
LBJ Presidential Library and Museum
University of Texas, 2313 Red River St.
Our Rating Neighborhood University of Texas campus, northwest corner, along I-35 Hours Daily 9am–5pm Transportation
Bus: 15 or UT shuttlePhone 512/721-0200 Prices Free admission Web site LBJ Presidential Library and Museum
MapUniversity of Texas, 2313 Red River St. Austin
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