Once we arrived in Arkansas, one of our first stops was the Visitor Center located in downtown Little Rock not far from the Clinton Presidential Library & Museum. It turned out to be a very worthwhile stop to learn about the area, collect brochures, and tour their lovely flower garden. This delightful garden was located behind the Visitor Center and maintained by the local Master Gardeners and definitely worth a quick drop-in: After we left the Visitor Center, we were off to find our anticipated lunch spot on the itinerary..."42," a restaurant named after the 42nd President of the United States and located inside the Clinton Presidential Library.
The Clinton Presidential Park Bridge is adjacent to the Museum and beckoned us for pictures before we went in for lunch:The bridge is actually a pedestrian and cyclist bridge and connects Little Rock to North Little Rock by spanning the Arkansas River. Here I am on the bridge:And here's a view from the bridge of downtown Little Rock and the Arkansas River:Even though our political leanings aren't in this direction at all, we visited the Clinton Presidential Library and Museum for the history and respect for the office: In the photo below, we are outside on the patio...very pleasant. My lunch selection (back left): 1/2 Presidential Club with 1/2 Bowl of Chicken & Rice Basil Soup (delicious!).
My sister's lunch was the Barbecue Braised Chicken Wrap, Mixed Greens, Diced Tomato, and House Barbecue Sauce in a Honey Wheat Tortilla served with a side of Brown Sugar and Cinnamon Sweet Potato Chips:After lunch we made our way back upstairs to start our tour of the Museum: Here we are touring a replica of the Cabinet Room: And we both tried out the President's Chair:The Museum displays 4,536 Blue Boxes which contain presidential records and represent 2 - 3% of the entire Clinton Library archival collection which is estimated at 80 million pages: The Museum was actually very interesting. Here's one display that I'd never heard of before...the Little Rock Nine. We ended up driving by the high school where this incident took place and also going to see the statues of the Nine, located on the grounds at the State Capitol:Here's a replica of the Oval Office, which was very elegant. We weren't allowed to take pictures inside the room...only at the doorway looking in (an official Museum photographer was assigned to take each guest's picture sitting behind the presidential desk...for a fee, hence, we couldn't take our own):I enjoyed seeing this State Dinner table setting of the Clintons' White House china collection: Many more pictures I could post of our visit here, but this gives you an idea of some of the things we saw while at the Museum.
Have you been to this library in Little Rock? If you go, allow time to leisurely visit all the displays, tour the gift shop, watch the movie shown about the Clintons, and grab a bite to eat at 42!
I enjoyed our visit here and was glad we put it on the itinerary!