History? Politics? I could pass. But I’m so glad I didn’t while in Little Rock, especially when I checked out the William J. Clinton Presidential Center. It stands gleaming on the banks of the Arkansas River and provides a beautiful place to learn more about this democratic president and his rise to become leader of the free world. Not to mention, the upper floor is actually where Clinton and his family stay when he’s back in his home state, as it’s a cozy apartment just for Bill.
Oh hey there. Along the walls are photos from Bill’s political campaign, starting from the very beginning as governor of Arkansas all the way to the White House.
Ever want to see what the White House presidential office might have looked like in the 90s? This is it. You can take a peek into the replica and see it all up close.
Details throughout the building are extraordinary. It’s how I would imagine areas of 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue. There are rows and rows of books full of Clinton’s itineraries and everything is covered with the seal of presidential approval. Screens show clips of his most accomplished moments.
Obviously there’s saxophones! A whole hallway is dedicated to gifts given by international governments for holidays and celebrations. Some of the highlights included a pearl encrusted Taj Mahal and a gorgeous glass sculpture made by famous artist Dale Chihuly. I especially loved the depictions of Bill himself created by artists from all over the world. Hillary and Chelsea (and the cat, Socks) too!
Little Rock deserves a visit in itself – but once you’re there, don’t miss the chance to check out this top-notch library for a little new knowledge and a lot of fun.