Lyndon Baines Johnson Library & Museum
A New Day for LBJ
An update on the major redesign of the LBJ Library
In late March, the bulk of the major construction in redesigning the LBJ Library begins. Visitors should expect that the core exhibits of the Library will be closed. Visitors are encouraged to check the Library website often for updates on our progress, www.lbjlibrary.org.
Ground Floor and Great Hall Exhibits (3rd and 4th floors)
Beginning March 26, 2012, the core exhibits of the LBJ Library will close for renovation.
Tenth Floor Exhibits
Currently through mid-July: Oval Office and First Lady’s Gallery will be open
The Museum Store is scheduled to open in late April.
The Library’s Reading Room will remain open for researchers during regular business hours of 9 a.m. – 5 p.m., Monday through Friday.
When the redesign is complete, visitors will enjoy a contemporary, engaging experience relating to one of the most significant presidents and eras in our country’s history.
“This is a new day for LBJ,” says Mark K. Updegrove, LBJ Library Director. “President Johnson insisted that the LBJ Library present an unvarnished look at his presidency, along with the triumphs and turmoil of the times. Now is our opportunity to present this story using 21st century technology with state-of-the art interactive elements.”
The last major renovation of the LBJ Library was in 1984. This redesign will take about one year to complete, with a grand opening scheduled for December 2012, in celebration of what would have been Lady Bird Johnson’s 100th birthday.
Highlights of the Library redesign:
• In fifteen interactive locations, visitors will pick up telephones to hear the voice of President Johnson in recorded telephone conversations.
• Visitors will have access to a hand-held guide featuring a touch screen that makes photos, audio, and videos available to the user.
• The Museum Store will double in size.
• The animatronic LBJ – the life-size figure of LBJ who moves and tells tall tales – is getting a new suit of clothes and will be part of an exhibit on LBJ Humor.
• There will be 3 new theaters showing films on Civil Rights, LBJ’s Legacy, and The First Family.
• New interactive exhibits will include: “The Journey of a Bill” illustrating how a bill is passed in Congress, “Lasting Impact” showing how legislation enacted in the Johnson administration still resonates today, and an exhibit about the Archives, giving the visitor a firsthand look inside the archival boxes, along with a guide to exploring the historical papers.
• The 10th floor will feature the “First Family in the White House.”
• In the section on the Vietnam War, the visitor will act as an advisor to the president and will participate in 3 key decision points in the War.
Renovation of the LBJ Library will be funded by private donations through the
non-profit Lyndon Baines Johnson Foundation. The Foundation provides funding not available from the federal government to enhance the visiting public’s experience and provides grants for scholars and researchers who come to mine the Library’s vast collections.
About the LBJ Library and Museum
The Lyndon Baines Johnson Library and Museum is one of thirteen presidential libraries administered by the National Archives and Records Administration. The Library houses 45 million pages of historical documents, 650,000 photos, one million feet of film, 2,000 oral histories, and 5,000 hours of recordings from the public career of Lyndon Johnson and his close associates.
The Museum is open daily from 9 a.m.-5 p.m.