The Clinton Presidential Center is a monument to the 42nd president of the United States, William Jefferson Clinton. This ... More
William J. Clinton Presidential Center
The Clinton Presidential Center is a monument to the 42nd president of the United States, William Jefferson Clinton. This $200 million library offers visitors a view of the controversial former President that is as complicated and as multi-dimensional as the man himself. The Israeli-Palestinian peace process, the U.S. economic expansion, balancing the budget and the budget surplus, NAFTA, they're all there. The Center also has a lot to say about the scandals that rocked the Clinton presidency, including the historic impeachment that preoccupied the country in his second term. Although it is obviously an egotistical monument to this egotistical man, the Clinton Presidential Center does provide a pretty well balanced warts-and-all portrait of this elemental and larger than life charismatic leader of America and the free world.
The library itself presents the world from Clinton's perspective, so all the displays will discuss accomplishments and what his foundation is doing now. Even the impeachment display was half a case focused on the impact on republicans. If you can accept that, this does not diminish that overall this is a nice presidential library.
Entrance was $7 with an extra $3 for the audio tour. It takes about two hours to visit. The building contains displays about the Clinton presidency and is not a typical library. There is memorabilia, videos, and a replica of the oval office. Seeing the gifts accepted from world leaders was my favorite part, but the oval office was nice too.
The building itself touts how "green" it is, and the numerous windows make it a somewhat bright place. As mentioned in another review, the building extends partway over the Arkansas river to evoke the "bridge to the 21st century" in Clinton's speech. According to the security guard, the buiding was originally going to span the river but could not be secured by the secret service so the current design came to be.
The Clinton library is certainly worth a visit if you are in Little Rock.
Other than the guy who stands in the parking lot holding a protest sign, there is absolutely nothing I dislike about this place. I would recommend it to anyone with even the slightest interest in Bill Clinton. It's in a wonderful location too. Do yourself a favor and stay at The Peabody down the street.
This was really fun, especially if you are a fan of President Clinton. Be prepared to read and be absorbed in the Clinton era but it is so interesting and informative that it is definitely worth your time. There are many displays - the oval office, the presidential meeting room, actual copies of his daily schedules for all the years he was in office, a crystal christmas tree that was in the White House, displays of State gifts, etc. Plan to be here for quite a while to see (and read) everything while politely waiting for others to move aside so you can see the next exhibit. I actually had one woman walk and stand in front of me while I was reading because her boyfriend was in a hurry to leave. I moved because the prospect of her bottom on my leg while I read was a bit much - just be patient with others if it is crowded. It is definitely worth your patience and time!!!
this is the equivalent of a muslim pilgrimage to mecca. i drove 17 hours to see this place and i was not disappointed. it was breathtaking and state-of-the-art. i cant wait to go again. they have his limo, a replica of his oval office, a replica of his cabinet room, and lots of memorabilia.
This was the reason for my trip to Little Rock, and I'm so happy I went. At first, I thought the building to look odd, but when one looks at the setting, one understand's the symbolism of the, "Bridge To the 21st Century," and President Clinton's connection and positive contributions to the area are overwhelming. The library is extremely well laid out, and I was quite touched to see people lining up before it opened. The voluneers are enthusiastic, and there is something to interest everyone. It seems the Library and the new school for public policy is really livening up the area, and there is so much to do within walking distance.
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