Artifacts in the Oval Office

President Johnson's desk in the Oval Office
Teletype cabinet in LBJ's Oval Office
Portrait of Franklin Roosevelt by Elizabeth Shoumatoff (1967)
Kennedy rocker in LBJ Oval Office

This replica of the Oval Office duplicates President Johnson's office in the White House at 7/8th scale. The office looks exactly as it did during Johnson's Presidency, including the desk he used beginning in his Senate days through the White House years, his books and the three televisions that kept him apprised of the news, and a portrait of Franklin D. Roosevelt, who, Johnson said, gave him his great desire for public office. Visitors may press a button and hear a recorded description of the exhibit. Click on the first image to view the complete slideshow.

President Johnson knew that visitors would want to experience this room where history had been made. On October 10, 1968, he placed a call to Gordon Bunshaft, the architect of the LBJ Presidential Library, which you can listen to here. Read a transcript of the conversation.

Then & Now

Did You Know…

The Emancipation Proclamation and the bust of Martin Luther King, Jr. in the Oval Office, Jan. 18, 2010.  (Official White House Photo by Chuck Kennedy)President Obama's additions to the Oval Office include a copy of The Emancipation Proclamation signed by President Lincoln and the bust of Martin Luther King, Jr. (Official White House Photo by Chuck Kennedy. 1/18/2010.)


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