DALLAS (May 1, 2013)--The George W. Bush Presidential Library and Museum opened to the public Wednesday morning and the 43rd president was on hand to greet the first visitors--43 schoolchildren.
The library and museum, along with Bush's policy institute, are housed in the George W. Bush Presidential Center on the SMU campus in Dallas.
The center was dedicated last week during a ceremony that included Bush, President Barack Obama, and former Presidents Bill Clinton, Jimmy Carter and George H.W. Bush, who is Bush's father.
Library and museum spokesman John Orrell says the 43 students from the Dallas-Fort Worth area were chosen by their superintendents to be the first visitors to the museum Wednesday.
The museum includes exhibits on the 9/11 terrorist attacks and other historical events.
There is also a replica of the Oval Office.