Sam Rayburn Library and Museum
open Monday – Friday 9:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. Saturday 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. Free Admission
The 2 story library contains memorabilia and furnishings from the Washington office of Sam Rayburn. Sam or “Mr. Sam” as he is affectionately known was one of the country’s most powerful and influential Speakers of the House. His constituents re-elected him to Congress 24 times. In 1941 Rayburn became Speaker of the House of Representatives, a position he held for sixteen years, longer than any other individual in U.S. history. Ownership of the Sam Rayburn Museum was transferred to the University of Texas at Austin and was established as a division of the Briscoe Center for American History.
The Sam Rayburn Museum features an exact replica of the office of the Speaker of the House of Representatives during Sam Rayburn’s tenure in that position. The Rayburn Library and Museum also houses Rayburn’s personal library which contains an extensive collection of books that relate to his career. These books relate to the people, issues and events with which he dealt during his years of public service.
Rayburn established the library and museum in 1957 as a tribute to the people of his cherished Fannin County.