• George W. Bush Presidential Center

    Exhibits & Events

  • Through our three Impact Centers -- Domestic Excellence, Global Leadership, and our Engagement Agenda -- we focus on developing leaders, advancing policy, and taking action to solve today’s most pressing challenges.

Away from the White House: Presidential Retreats

March 6, 2019 - October 6, 2019

From March 6 to October 6, 2019, the George W. Bush Presidential Center will present a special exhibit exploring presidential retreats. Four featured retreats – Camp David in Frederick County, MD, Prairie Chapel Ranch in Crawford, TX, LBJ Ranch in Stonewall, TX, and Walker’s Point in Kennebunkport, ME – will be highlighted in-depth revealing how U.S. presidents have used these special places for work, rejuvenation, and rest. The exhibit will also explore other presidential retreats over the last two centuries from Mount Vernon to Mar-a-Lago.

The hidden historic roles of presidential retreats will include stories of the presidents and first ladies’ daily lives, hobbies, sports, and behind-the-scenes anecdotes. Visitors will learn about the specific initiatives, challenges, and accomplishments that made each retreat iconic as well as the intimate family memories that endear these unique locations to their occupants. This also includes the Bush family’s use of presidential spaces – for weddings, holidays, and more.

Photo of Prairie Chapel Ranch by Wyman Meinzer