George Bush Presidential Library filled with visitors day after Presidential burial

Published: Dec. 7, 2018 at 4:48 PM CST
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The George Bush Presidential Library and Museum is back open following the 41st President's funeral.

Admission is free Friday and Saturday. On those days, the museum is open from 9:30 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. On Sunday, regular hours and admission prices will go back into effect.

Just a day after the 41st President's funeral, thousands of people have stopped by to pay their respects. The rain couldn't dampen the spirit of a community honoring the life of a public servant.

Inside, the rotunda is filled with photos and a portrait of President George H.W. Bush.

"Someone who makes the right decisions even when it's tough. I think that's an example that we want our kids to follow and even ourselves," said Brent Mayfield a College Station resident who was visiting with his family.

"The opportunity to come here and honor and recognize someone that’s been a leader by integrity," he said.

Museum staff told KBTX the burial site for President Bush will open at noon Saturday. It will only have access during regular museum operating hours.

Visitors on Friday learned about the life and legacy of the 41st President while others wrote well-wishes.

"I just thanked them for their service. I think it's really neat that people can leave messages and I just told them that I would be thinking about them and all that while they were grieving their father's loss," said Mary Ann Quimby of Bryan.

"We're so thankful to the entire community and people who have come here from all over the country, from all over the world, to pay their respects and honor President Bush," said David Anaya, with the George Bush Presidential Library and Museum.

"We're honored just to be able to be here. And not so much about us, but about honoring someone whose been a great leader for our country," added Mayfield.

Visitors inside also aren't leaving empty-handed. The museum is handing out free posters of President Bush as a keepsake.

On Sunday, the museum will resume Sunday hours of noon to 5:00 p.m. and charge admission to see the main exhibits.

The rotunda is open and free to the public. Parking is free, too.

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