Published On: Apr 25 2013 02:15:01 PM CDTUpdated On: Apr 30 2013 01:18:40 PM CDT
The George W. Bush library opens today, joining an impressive collection of tributes to past leaders.
The Bush Center's 226,000-square-foot building and 15-acre urban park reside on the campus of Southern Methodist University in Dallas, Texas.
The Center is home to the Bush Presidential Library and Museum and the Bush Institute.
The Center is the 13th presidential library in the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) system. The Library and Museum promote an understanding of the American presidency and provides access to official records and artifacts from the Bush Presidency.
The Center officially opens to the public on May 1, 2013.
Bush was joined by every living president for the dedication, including President Barack Obama and former Presidents Bill Clinton, George H. W. Bush and Jimmy Carter.
Bush was also joined by every living first lady, including Michelle Obama, Laura Bush, Hillary Clinton, Barbara Bush and Rosalynn Carter.
Michelle Obama, President Obama, Barbara Bush, George H.W. Bush, George Bush and Laura Bush look on during the ceremony.
"Laura and I gave the presidency eight years of our life," said Bush. We gave it our all. Made the best judgment calls I could. I didn't compromise my principles. And I'm a content man. And I am excited about what we're going to do here."
Here's a by-the-numbers look at other presidential libraries.
13 - Number of presidential libraries in the United States, the first of which was Franklin D. Roosevelt Presidential Library and Museum.
1939 - Year of the groundbreaking of Roosevelt's Presidential Library and Museum, in Hyde Park, New York.
3 - Number of presidential libraries located at universities in Texas. The Lyndon B. Johnson Presidential Library and Museum (pictured) is at the University of Texas in Austin. The George Bush Library and Museum is at Texas A & M in College Station, and the George W. Bush Presidential Library is on the campus of Southern Methodist University.
27 million - Pages of historical material originally archived in the Jimmy Carter Library and Museum in Atlanta.
1,600 - Number of oral interviews archived in the collection at the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum in Boston.
6 tons - Weight of the Sikorsky VH 3A "Sea King" helicopter that is on display at the Richard Nixon Presidential Library and Museum in Yorba Linda, California. Nixon made his final flight on it after his resignation on August 9, 1974.
More than 43,000 - Number of gifts President George W. Bush and Laura Bush received from heads of state and from American citizens, some of which are on display on an online gallery.
More than $500 million - Amount raised for the George W. Bush Presidential Library.
Click here to take a look at George H.W. Bush through the years.