George W. Bush Presidential Library and Museum Closes Amid Rising COVID Cases

Amid rising COVID-19 cases in the Dallas area, the George W. Bush Presidential Library and Museum on the SMU campus is closed until further notice.

Effective Monday, August 9, the George W. Bush Presidential Library and Museum will be temporarily closed due to COVID-19 cases in the Dallas area,” a post on the museum’s Instagram page reads.“Café 43 remains open Tuesday through Saturday by reservation and for takeout.”

Library staff will also continue to respond to written requests for records at gwbush.library@nara.gov.  

Those with questions about tickets can contact boxoffice@bushcenter.org.

The George H.W. Bush Presidential Library and Museum on the campus of Texas A&M University in College Station likewise announced it closed effective Aug. 8 until further notice because of the local COVID-19 conditions. 

The George W. Bush Presidential Library and Museum on the SMU campus’ announcement came shortly after health officials raised the COVID-19 risk level in the county to red — the most severe level of risk. In the red threat level, health officials recommend that everyone, regardless of vaccination status, take precautions like social distancing and wearing a mask indoors. 

(Read: Dallas County Updates Guidelines as COVID Threat Level Moves to Red)

The George W. Bush Presidential Museum closed during the pandemic and re-opened to the public May 25, and the museum had opened the special exhibit, Out of Many, One: Portraits of America’s Immigrants, a public exhibition of President George W. Bush’s 43 portrait paintings featured in his book by the same title.

Rachel Snyder

Rachel Snyder, deputy editor at People Newspapers, joined the staff in 2019, returning to her native Dallas-Fort Worth after starting her career at community newspapers in Oklahoma. One of her stories won first place in its category in the Oklahoma Press Association’s Better Newspaper Contest in 2018. She’s a fan of puns and community journalism, not necessarily in that order. You can reach her at rachel.snyder@peoplenewspapers.com

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