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FILE - In this April 5, 2013 file photo, the exterior of the George W. Bush Presidential Center is seen, in Dallas. Former first lady Laura Bush wanted to make sure that the George W. Bush Presidential Center reflected her and her husband's Texas roots. And it does, right down to the foundation that includes limestone from the Midland area where they grew up and lived when they were first married. The about 226,000-square-foot center, home to the George W. Bush Presidential Library and Museum along with the 43rd president's policy institute, will be dedicated Thursday, April 25, 2013, on the campus of Southern Methodist University, which is not far from the Bushes' Dallas home and is also where Laura Bush earned her bachelor's degree in education. The library opens to the public on May 1. (AP Photo/Kim Johnson Flodin)
Open now for 100 days, the George W. Bush Presidential Library and Museum in Dallas has drawn more than 170,000 visitors.
Officials say that's a pace to reach their most optimistic first-year attendance target of 500,000.
Former first lady Laura Bush tells The Dallas Morning News the museum performance has gone even better than expected. And she says she's pleased to see the landscaping has taken hold despite the Texas heat and drought.
Museum and library director Alan Lowe says problems generally have been the result of the public's enthusiasm.
A parking attendant had to be hired to help visitors and ticket procedures have been tweaked. He says the many interactive exhibits at the museum have worked well.
The presidential museum at Southern Methodist University opened May 1.