LBJ Presidential Library Salutes the Military with Free Summer Admission

May 23, 2018

This summer, the three presidential libraries in Texas will offer free admission
to military personnel and their families in collaboration with
the National Endowment for the Arts, Blue Star Families, and the Department of Defense.

AUSTIN (May 14, 2018) – The LBJ Presidential Library in Austin, Texas, will offer free museum admission to the nation’s active duty military personnel, including National Guard and Reserve and their families, from Memorial Day through Labor Day 2018. The LBJ Library is joining the George Bush Presidential Library and Museum in College Station, and the George W. Bush Presidential Library and Museum in Dallas in honoring military families.

 “We are thankful to our military service members and their families for their selfless service and sacrifice for our country,” said Terri Garner, Acting Director, LBJ Presidential Library.  “As Commander-in-Chief, President Lyndon Johnson was enormously proud of our men and women in uniform. We share his pride and are pleased to extend this small gesture as a token of our gratitude.”

 Currently, the LBJ Library’s temporary exhibit is Get in the Game: The Fight for Equality in American Sports. The exhibition examines the intersection of social justice and sports in the United States. The exhibition celebrates athletes who have broken barriers and spoken out for equality, both on and off the playing field. Get in the Game encourages visitors to think about sports as part of an on-going national conversation and as a vehicle for social change. 

Additionally, visitors to the LBJ Library can step into a replica of the Oval Office, learn about the political and personal lives of Lyndon and Lady Bird Johnson, and listen to telephone conversations as the President conducts business. 

Visitors to the George W. Bush Presidential Library in Dallas may enjoy First Ladies: Style of Influence, a special exhibit which gives visitors an inside peek at the role that first ladies have played behind the scenes and on the world stage throughout our nation’s history. Other museum highlights include A Nation Under Attack, remembering the events of September 11, 2001; a massive 20-foot-tall, 360-degree LED screen showing multimedia clips; an exact replica of the Oval Office; and the provocative, hands-on Decision Points Theater.

Visitors to the George H. W. Bush Library in College Station will experience the genius of Leonardo Da Vinci through over 30 machines based on his visionary designs. Each machine in the Leonardo Da Vinci: Machines in Motion exhibit has been faithfully constructed from Leonardo's notebooks by a modern team of scientists and craftsman in the heart of the Renaissance, Florence, Italy.

Free admission to all three museums is available May 28, 2018, through September 3, 2018, to any bearer of a Geneva Convention common access card (CAC), a DD Form 1173 ID card (dependent ID), or a DD Form 1173-1 ID card. This includes active duty U.S. military - Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines, Coast Guard, as well as members of the National Guard and Reserve, U.S. Public Health Service Commissioned Corps, NOAA Commissioned Corps - and up to five family members. A family member of active duty military may include a spouse or child, aunts, uncles, grandparents, etc.

The free admission benefit is called Blue Star Museums and is a collaboration among the National Endowment for the Arts, Blue Star Families, the Department of Defense, and more than 2,000 museums of all types in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, and American Samoa. The complete list of participating museums is available at


Anne Wheeler
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