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The Pavilion To Open At Bush Library This Summer Coinciding With 41st President’s Birthday

Part of a $50 million campaign, the new facility will house a retired Marine One helicopter and Union Pacific 4141.
By Texas A&M University Division of Marketing & Communications February 19, 2024

Exterior rendering of The Pavilion
The Pavilion will open June 13 at the George H.W. Bush Presidential Library and Museum.

Courtesy of the George & Barbara Bush Foundation


A new 29,000 square-foot facility will open at the George H.W. Bush Presidential Library and Museum on the Texas A&M campus this summer as part of the centennial commemoration honoring President George H.W. Bush.

The Pavilion will be home to Union Pacific Locomotive No. 4141, which led the funeral train from Houston to College Station in December 2018 when the 41st president was laid to rest on the museum grounds alongside First Lady Barbara Bush. A retired Marine One helicopter frequently used by the Bushes will also be housed in the facility, as well as a café to serve visitors. The building will open to the public on June 13, a day after what would have been the president’s 100th birthday.

exterior rendering of The Pavilion at night
The 29,000 square-foot building will house a Marine One helicopter, Union Pacific Locomotive No. 4141 and a cafe.

Courtesy of the George & Barbara Bush Foundation


The Pavilion is funded through the foundation’s $50 million Centennial Campaign to expand the offerings at the presidential library and museum and Texas A&M’s Bush School of Government and Public Service. Special programming for the centennial commemoration, 41@100: A Celebration of George H.W. Bush, will be offered during a three-day celebration June 11-13 at the George H.W. Bush Presidential Center.

For more information about how to support the centennial campaign, contact Stephanie Linder at the Bush Foundation at

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