Press Release

The Bush Center to offer events, family activities during summer season

The George W. Bush Presidential Museum will now offer free admission to eligible K-12 educators

DALLAS, TEXAS — Escape the Texas heat at the George W. Bush Presidential Museum this summer with activities for families and individuals to enjoy. The museum offers fun for everyone – from book lovers and history aficionados to those searching for a memorable photo op in the museum’s replica Oval Office or the Laura W. Bush Native Texas Park.  

The Bush Museum will open for After Hours on July 11 from 5 to 8 p.m. In collaboration with the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, the event will include a conversation and meet and greet with author and historian Dr. Donald L. Miller and longtime Dallas resident Major John “Lucky” Luckadoo, who flew 25 missions in a B-17 during World War II. Signed copies of Damn Lucky: One Man’s Courage During the Bloodiest Military Campaign in Aviation History and Masters of the Air will be available for purchase. A cash bar will also be available. Find more information and purchase tickets for extended evening hours here: 

The Bush Museum is now offering free admission to eligible K-12 educators when they present a valid school ID at the box office on the day of their visit. This offer is for a single free ticket and does not apply to additional paid programs or parking. Find more details here: 

Free tours of the Bush Museum’s Situation Room, which features artifacts from the White House’s intelligence center during the George W. Bush Administration, are available at the following times each week:  

  • Saturdays at 11 a.m., 12 p.m., 1 p.m., and 2 p.m. 
  • Sundays at 1 p.m. and 2:30 p.m. 
  • Mondays at 10 a.m. and 11 a.m. 

Attendees are given a 30-minute presentation on the history of the Situation Room and have the opportunity to take photos. Admission to the Bush Museum is not included with the tour. Register to tour the Situation Room here:  

Mrs. Laura Bush’s 2024 Summer Reading List, which includes books for toddlers through middle schoolers, is now available at The list is a resource for parents, grandparents, and caregivers to ensure kids can enjoy reading all summer long. Books from the reading list are available for purchase at the George W. Bush Presidential Museum Store or online: 

Storytime at the Bush Museum will continue throughout the summer season every Tuesday at 10 a.m. Recommended for children ages 5 and under, some of Mrs. Laura Bush’s favorite picture books are read aloud to attendees. The weekly event is free but does not include admission to the Bush Museum. Learn more and register here: 

A ticket to the Bush Museum includes admission to the permanent exhibit in The Boeing Company Exhibition Gallery, which offers a moving display on Sept. 11, 2001, an interactive experience in presidential decision-making, and a Texas Rose Garden. 

Guests can also view the Bush Museum’s special exhibit in The Bradford M. Freeman Exhibition Gallery, Freedom Matters, which features rare artifacts and interactive activities that examine the concept of freedom both at home and abroad. Artifacts include a 14th-century copy of the Magna Carta as well as rare versions of the Declaration of Independence, Constitution of the United States, and Bill of Rights. Experienced museum docents are on hand to answer questions from museum guests on the artifacts and history explored in both the permanent and special exhibits.  

For more information regarding directions and parking, visit the Bush Center website: 

Visitors can also stop by the Bush Museum Store to shop summer essentials including books from Mrs. Bush’s Summer Reading List. Members receive a 10% discount on Bush Museum Store merchandise. Find more information here: 


George W. Bush Presidential Center 

Located on the SMU campus in Dallas, Texas, the George W. Bush Presidential Center is a nonpartisan institution advancing the timeless values of freedom, opportunity, accountability, and compassion. The Bush Center comprises the George W. Bush Presidential Museum and the George W. Bush Institute, a solution-oriented policy organization focused on ensuring opportunity for all, strengthening democracy, and advancing free societies through policy solutions and public engagement. The Bush Center also houses the George W. Bush Presidential Library, operated by the National Archives and Records Administration, which provides access to official documents and artifacts from the George W. Bush Administration. Learn more about the Bush Center at 

George W. Bush Presidential Museum  

The George W. Bush Presidential Museum promotes a greater understanding of the American presidency and examines the consequential times during which President and Mrs. Bush served. The museum offers a moving exhibit on September 11, 2001, a replica Oval Office, and an interactive experience in presidential decision-making. The museum is also host to a variety of special exhibitions that delve deeply into unique topics and provide insights that only a presidential center can offer. Housed within the George W. Bush Presidential Center, the George W. Bush Presidential Museum is a nonpartisan civic institution showcasing the timeless values of freedom, opportunity, accountability, and compassion. Learn more at