On a Little Rock riverfront once characterized by rundown warehouses,
the William J. Clinton Presidential Center rises to overlook the
Arkansas River and the state capital’s downtown area. The Center —
which includes the Clinton Presidential Library and Museum — has
attracted nearly 500,000 visitors from around the world since it opened
in November 2004.
The only presidential library to earn a silver LEED
Award for its “green” environmental features, this amazing slice of
contemporary architecture features a wealth of interactive displays
among its 20,000 square feet of exhibit space — including a
110-foot-long timeline that traces key events of the Clinton
administration, augmented with 16 special multimedia “policy alcoves”
that focus on significant policies of Clinton’s presidency. The first
floor also boasts an orientation theater (where the former president
himself narrates a short film on his early life and political career)
and a re-creation of the Cabinet Room. Upstairs, visitors can glimpse
“Life in the White House” through various state events, and tour a
full-scale replica of the Oval Office — the only full-scale replica in
any presidential museum. A glass Christmas tree, created by glass artist
Dale Chihuly, which once graced the grand foyer of the White House, now
glows permanently in the Center.
For more information, call (501) 374-4242, or visit www.clintonfoundation.org.