LBJ Presidential Library Overview

“I hope that visitors who come here will achieve a closer understanding of the presidency and that the young people who come here will get a clearer comprehension of what this nation tried to do in an eventful period of its history.” - Lyndon Baines Johnson

At the LBJ Presidential Library, visitors have an opportunity to learn about America’s 36th President, Lyndon Johnson, one of the most complex and fascinating leaders. Through innovative, state-of-the art exhibits, the political and personal lives of Lyndon and Lady Bird Johnson come alive. This contemporary experience allows visitors to understand the decisions President Johnson faced and experience his passion for critical issues such as education, civil rights, the environment, health care, and the arts. All aspects of Johnson’s presidency are explored, including the Vietnam War. Visitors can pick up a telephone to hear audio recordings of Johnson as he conducts business –a rare behind-the scenes glimpse inside the White House, found only at the LBJ Library. Dedicated on May 22, 1971, it is one of 14 presidential libraries administered by the National Archives and Records Administration.

  • The Library is open daily, except on Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day, and New Year’s Day, from 9 a.m.-5 p.m., with last admission at 4:40 p.m.
  • Admission prices and free admission days may be found here.
  • The vast archives are valuable resources for journalists, students, scholars, and the general public. In the archives are:
    • 45 million pages of historical documents
    • 1 million feet of film
    • 1 million photographs
    • 643 hours of recorded telephone conversations
    • 2,100 oral history transcripts

Mission of the LBJ Presidential Library: To preserve and protect the historical materials in the collections of the Johnson Library and make them readily accessible; to increase public awareness of the American experience through relevant exhibitions and educational programs; to advance the LBJ Library’s standing as a center for intellectual activity and community leadership while meeting the challenges of a changing world.