LBJ Presidential Library & Museum

At the University of Texas campus in Austin, on 30-acres of land, you’ll find the Lyndon Baines Johnson Library and Museum. The 10-story building pays tribute to the 36th President of the United States of America, endearingly called by his initials (LBJ).

Inaugurated in 1963 after the assassination of John F. Kennedy (JFK), Johnson was a pivotal ally of the Civil Rights Movement- the desk where he signed the 1965 Voting Rights Act is on display at the museum.

President Johnson twice earned re-election, serving until 1969. Although he would only live until 1973, he attended the dedication of the building that bears his nameon May 22, 1971, stating: “It is all here: the story of our time with the bark off…This library will show the facts, not just the joy and triumphs, but the sorrow and failures, too.”

The museum is said to contain:

  • 45 million pages of historical documents
  • 650,000 photos
  • 5,000 hours of recordings
  • 643 hours of phone calls

The site was formed under the Presidential Libraries Act of 1955 and administered by the National Archives and Records Administration.