Due to the shutdown of the Federal Government, the George H.W. Bush Presidential Library and Museum are closed, websites and social media are not being updated or monitored, and activities are canceled, with the following exceptions which remain open and operational: Federal Records Centers, Federal Register, the Ronald Reagan Museum, and the George W. Bush Museum.

View the NARA Contingency Plan for Agency Operations During Funding Lapse for more information.

Museum Collections

The George Bush Presidential Library and Museum contains more than 100,000 artifacts in its three dimensional holdings, housed and preserved for posterity, research and exhibit.

The core of the permanent collection is comprised of gifts given to President and Mrs. Bush during his term in office, including gifts from foreign heads of state. We are also fortunate to have a collection of artifacts from his eight years as Vice President and from all areas of his many years of public service.

Research Questions

The artifact collection is not a part of the textural archives. Museum Collections staff is available to answer research questions. You may send a research query to the attention of our staff by email, fax, or postal mail. Please provide as much detailed information as possible so that we may best address your inquiry. If possible, include a date and photograph of any relevant objects/documents.

Artifact donations

We have a panel to review potential artifact donations. The procedure is as follows:

Email, fax, or postal mail. Please provide as much detailed information as possible including an explanation as to the relevance to George H.W Bush. If possible, include a photograph. Do not bring the item to the museum without contacting us first. We do not accept drop offs. Our panel will review your request and send you a reply. Additionally, we do not have funds to purchase artifacts.

Attn: Artifact Collection
1000 George Bush Drive West
College Station, TX 77845
Phone: (979) 691-4066
Fax: (979) 691-4050
Email: artifacts.bush@nara.gov

Appraisals

We do not appraise or authenticate historical materials, artwork, or political memorabilia. You may wish to consult one of these web sites: International Society of Appraisers, American Society of Appraisers, or Appraisers Association of America.

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