Checking out the Bill Clinton Presidential Library in Little Rock, Arkansas

clinton presidential library painting

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.

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.

little rock skyline

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.

(Not every presidential library is equally forthright when it comes to mentioning the less-savory parts of a presidency, but I digress…)

bill clinton years timeline

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.

clinton oval office

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?”

Other exhibits include the Presidential Limo, which greets visitors on the first floor; information about the early years of Bill and Hillary; highlights from the Inauguration; and a re-creation of the Cabinet room.

I also like the display cases that feature photos and artifacts, like this one with several of Bill’s saxophones and a portrait of his mother.

Bill Clinton saxophones library exhibits

Clinton Presidential Library Hours & Ticket Prices

The Clinton Library is open seven days a week. From Monday through Saturday, hours are 9 am to 5 pm. On Sundays, the library is only accessible between 1 and 5 pm.

The facility currently charges a reasonable ticket price of $10 for adults. Seniors, students, and retired military pay $8. Kids between 6 and 17 are charged $5. Admission is free for active duty military and kids under 5.

This site in Little Rock is one of two presidential libraries I’ve written about. If you have a chance to visit Atlanta, you can check out Jimmy Carter’s library. I’ve also written about other presidential stuff, like the Bush family’s Kennebunkport complex in Maine, and the statues of Ulysses S. Grant and his wife in Galena, Illinois.

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8 Comments

  1. I’m a Little Rock native and current resident. The library is a wonderful! They are constantly changing exhibits. Within the last year they have had a Lego exhibit and an Elvis exhibit! It is a huge source of tourism to our city! I encourage everyone to come see and enjoy!

  2. Glad you wrote about this. I have never been to Arkansas, but when I do I think I will include the Library on my itinerary. At the very least I think I will enjoy the nice view of Little Rock.

    Although we are long time residents of Atlanta, we just finally made it to the renovated Jimmy Carter Library and Museum last summer. I don’t think many people in Atlanta even know about this place. The grounds are beautiful, and you can enjoy the Atlanta skyline from there as well.

    BTW, I really enjoy reading your Quirky Attractions page.

  3. Due to some misplanning on my part I ended up in Little Rock on my trip through the south and visited the Clinton Library. It was my first presidential library and really enjoyed it! I loved the layout of the place and use of space and while there was loads of info, didn’t feel crowded or overstuffed at all.

    My dad dragged my mom and I to the Regan library a few years back (since it’s close to where we live) and it was actually okay too. The grounds surrounding it are gorgeous!

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