Any presidential library can be an interesting place to visit for those curious about history, but I found the Bill Clinton Presidential Library in Little Rock, Arkansas particularly fascinating.
I teased the Clinton Library with a photo teaser a few weeks back, and now it’s time to reveal the rest of the story.
The building itself is modern, with lots of sharp angles and natural light coming into the place. It also offers a nice view of the city and nearby park from the upper floors.
A lot of the museum focuses on a timeline with detailed information about important events that occurred during Clinton’s presidency. And, yes, subjects like Whitewater and Monica Lewinsky are mentioned. Kudos to the library organizers for being willing to tell the whole story. (I’m guessing that George W. Bush’s Presidential Library isn’t going to be equally forthright when it comes to mentioning the less-savory parts of his presidency, but I digress…)
Then there are those display cases, which feature photos and artifacts, like this one with several of Bill’s saxophones and a portrait of his mother.
One of the coolest parts is a full re-creation of the Oval Office as it looked during Clinton’s tenure. You’re not allowed to walk inside, but you can peer in and take pictures.
The decision to include a re-creation of the Oval Office is slightly odd because of that whole Monica Lewinsky matter. I’m pretty sure that when everyone sees the Oval Office likeness, their thought pattern goes like this: “Oh, cool, it’s the Oval Office… Hmmm, I wonder exactly where in the room the Lewinsky incident took place?”
The Clinton Presidential Library is open seven days a week and currently charges a reasonable fee of $7 for adults.
Have you ever visited a presidential library?