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George W. Bush Presidential Center opens to the public on Wednesday

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The George W. Bush Presidential Library and Museum will formally open to the public Wednesday.

It is scheduled to open at 9 a.m., but there will first be a brief ceremony at the front outdoor entrance at 8:45 a.m., officials say.

Former President George W. Bush was joined last week by thousands of dignitaries — including President Barack Obama and former Presidents Bill Clinton, George H.W. Bush and Jimmy Carter — for a dedication to mark the completion of the library, museum and political institute honoring the 43rd president’s eight years in the White House.

Wednesday is the first day the facility — a 226,560-square-foot, $250 million presidential center on the edge of Southern Methodist University — is open to the public.

The hours for the museum, 2943 SMU Blvd. in University Park, are 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Saturday and noon-5 p.m. Sunday. It will be closed Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year's.

About half a million people are initially projected to visit during the first year.

For information on visiting, contact the visitor services coordinator at bush43visitors@nara.gov. For museum questions, call 214-346-1557 or email museum.gwbush@nara.gov.

To write to Bush or to former first lady Laura Bush, send emails to info@ogwb.org or send formal correspondence to: Office of George W. Bush, P.O. Box 259000, Dallas, TX 75225-9000.

Anna Tinsley, 817-390-7610

Twitter: @annatinsley

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