George Bush Library and Museum closed because of government shut down

POSTED: Tuesday, October 1, 2013 - 3:23pm
UPDATED: Tuesday, October 1, 2013 - 8:31pm

A sign sits in front of the George H.W. Bush Presidential Library and Museum Tuesday letting would-be visitors know it's shut down until further notice from the government.

And it's a closure Shannon Overby, executive director of the Bryan-College Station Convention and Visitors Bureau, doesn't like to see.

"I mean, I think they're only closed like three days out of the entire year," said Overby. "So yeah, having it closed down is kind of odd to have no one over there answering the phones and we've even gotten calls here asking about why no one is answering over there."

Since the library opened its doors back in 1997 around 30-40 bus tours come to College Station every month.

Now that its closed that means thousands of visitors won't be making the trip, potentially hurting our tourism economy.

"If this lasted for any length of time it certainly would be detrimental to our tourism economy here in the community," Overby said.

It's unclear how long the shut down will last but Overby hopes it's not for long.

"Tomorrow, tomorrow would be great!"

We reached out to employees and officials at the Bush Library and Museum for comment but we were told they've been directed not to speak about the closure.


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