LBJ Presidential Library to begin charging admission fees

Nov 06, 2013

Start date:  Tuesday, November 12, 2013

Media Contact: Anne Wheeler
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AUSTIN, TX – On November 12, 2013, the LBJ Presidential Library will begin charging admission. Ticket prices are:

• $8 Adults
• $5 Seniors 62 and over with ID
• $3 Children ages 13-17
• $3 College students

Admission is free for children 12 and under, active members of the military, members of Friends of the LBJ Library or Future Forum, student groups with reservations, and University of Texas students, faculty, and staff with valid ID.

The LBJ Library offers eight free admission days annually, including:
• MLK Day
• Memorial Day
• July 4th
• August 27th (LBJ's birthday)
• Presidents’ Day
• Veterans Day
• Austin Museum Day
• Explore UT

As we approach the holidays, we remind visitors that the Library will now be closed Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day, and New Year’s Day. Previously, the Library has been closed only on Christmas Day.

Background: In December 2012, the Library opened redesigned exhibits offering visitors a more contemporary view of Lyndon Johnson and his presidency. In order to fund the renovation and to improve the overall visitor experience, the decision was made to charge admission.  Previously, the LBJ Library was the only presidential library without an admission fee. This action was taken after thoughtful consideration by the LBJ Foundation Board and has the support of the Johnson family. “President Johnson wanted the Library named after him to offer the most engaging experience for visitors, including the use of state-of-the-art technology, ” said Mark Updegrove, Library Director. “The redesigned Library provides context to the sweeping legislation passed during the Johnson Administration and how those laws impact us today. President Johnson insisted that the LBJ Library present an unvarnished look at his Presidency-- the triumphs and the turmoil, including the Vietnam War.  Now we share this story with new generations.”