The Lyndon Baines Johnson Library and Museum (2313 Red River St., 512/721-0200, www.lbjlib.utexas.edu, 9 a.m.–5 p.m. daily, free), is dedicated to America’s 36th president, a Hill Country native and Texas icon.
The facility occupies 14 acres on the University of Texas campus and offers four floors’ worth of memorabilia, manuscripts, artifacts, and nearly 45 million documents. Highlights of the museum include the top-floor 7/8th scale replica of the Oval Office and East Room as they appeared during LBJ’s tenure, a view of the 1968 “Stretch” Lincoln automobile he used in Washington and Austin, a mint condition 1910 Model T Ford (given to President Johnson by Henry Ford II), and exhibits showcasing political cartoons and campaign items.
Be sure to walk through the First Lady’s Gallery, dedicated to his beloved wife Lady Bird, including love letters from their courtship, archival video clips, and Carol Channing’s feathered headdress from her White House performance of “Hello Dolly.”
The LBJ Library has the highest overall visitation of any presidential library, and is the only one that doesn’t charge admission.
© Andy Rhodes from Moon Texas, 6th Edition