William J. Clinton Presidential Library | River Market | Galleries & Museums | Arts
It's a sad fact, but a lot of people living in or around Little Rock still haven't seen the inside of the William J. Clinton Presidential Library and Museum. Sure it's a huge tourist attraction, racking up visits from nearly 300,000 people from all different corners of the globe annually, but we've got laundry to do, right? Wrong. The museum does wonders for Clinton's legacy, using imaginative displays to showcase the highlights of this Arkansas boy's eight-year run as the most powerful man in the world. For those who loved him, it's a perfect place to relive what you probably consider the glory days – when people used to say things like, "George W. who?'" and "Man, it's nice to be living in a period of unparalleled prosperity that we haven't seen since the '20s!" For those who were frequent viewers of "The Clinton Chronicles," there's lots of historical information on display and lots of shiny things to look at. Peruse all the gifts Clinton was given by adoring fans and foreign dignitaries, including a bike given to the former president by Lance Armstrong. The life-size replica of the Oval Office, decorated exactly as it was when Clinton was there, is oddly awe-inspiring. If Clinton really isn't your thing, the museum also boasts traveling exhibits. Recent displays include a look at the enormous and bedazzled collection of brooches accumulated by former Sec. of State Madeleine Albright over the years, a memorial exhibit for the Oklahoma City bombing and a collection of items from presidential libraries across the country. A Museum Store gift shop is on Clinton Avenue, about a block west of the entrance to the library.




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