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LBJ Library & Museum In Austin Should Charge Admission

I went to the Lyndon Banes Johnson Library And Museum in Austin last week.

The LBJ library is a good place and I’d recommend a visit to anybody. The staff was nice and you’ll learn a lot.

Still, my view was that the museum was not up to date in terms of interactive and modern exhibits and that much of what was on display looked like it had not been changed or updated in some time. My feelings were confirmed when I saw that the LBJ Library is the only presidential library not to charge admission.

I did see that some renovation was being done in front of the building and that the museum is running a new temporary exhibit about LBJ’s time as a Senator and as Senate Majority Leader. The Senate exhibit was in fact more interactive and modern than the rest of the museum.    

I did put $10 in the donation box and spend $26 at the gift shop. 

The LBJ library should charge an admission of a few dollars and modernize. That would make a good place even better. That, or the National Archives, the folks who run the library, should kick in some more money.

Or, since the building is on the campus of the University of Texas and UT must benefit from having the library, maybe UT could divert some money from the football team to help modernize the library. 

That would be an act consistent with the spirit of Lyndon Johnson.  

November 10, 2007 - Posted by | Political History, Politics, Texas | , , , ,

5 Comments »

  1. Nah, but there’s no guarantee that the library would use the funds to improve it. It seems to me a lot of places charge high and provide low-level services. Why wouldn’t it be the same with the LBJ Library? But it’s been a few years since I’ve been there.

    Comment by thefantasyyears | November 11, 2007

  2. I feel they would do a good and honest job.

    Thanks for the comment and thanks for reading the blog.

    Comment by Neil Aquino | November 11, 2007

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    Comment by miss welby | November 11, 2007

  4. When I was at Texas, this was one of my fav places to lay on the grass and chill.

    That is, when the UT Cricket club wasn’t holding games there, hooray for multiculturalism!

    Comment by Laz | November 14, 2007

  5. Prime Minister John Major enjoyed cricket very much and often dicussed it. LBJ I’m fairly sure did not even care much for football. I think he was all politics.

    Comment by Neil Aquino | November 15, 2007


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