The Center’s changing exhibit galleries host a number of outstanding exhibits each year.
Mandela: The Journey to Ubuntu September 25, 2017 - February 19, 2018 Mandela: The Journey to Ubuntu tells the story of a young South African boy who became a man prepared to die in defense of equality, justice, and freedom. He went on to be elected president and to lead his country out of Apartheid and toward unity. This exhibit takes takes Clinton Center visitors along the arc of President Nelson Mandela's life through the camera lens of Nelson Mandela Foundation- commissioned photographer, Matthew Willman.
Art of Africa: One Continent, Limitless Vision August 26, 2017 - February 12, 2018 Art of Africa: One Continent, Limitless Vision explores the colors, shapes, and textures of Africa through the William J. Clinton Presidential Library's stunning collection of art from the continent, as well as pieces from President Bill Clinton's personal collection. The exhibit features a dynamic presentation of textiles, paintings, sculpture, jewelry, and clothing given to President Bill Clinton and First Lady Hillary Rodham Clinton by African heads of state and by the artisans who created them.
Xtreme Bugs April 22 - July 26, 2017 The Xtreme BUGS exhibit, was a study and celebration of some of Earth’s most fascinating inhabitants. Surrounded by giant, larger-than-life animatronic insects, Clinton Center visitors were transported into a vivid, dynamic, and awe-inspiring new environment and got an up-close look at the fascinating physical characteristics of bugs and the science behind their mind-boggling behaviors.
Ladies and Gentlemen...The Beatles October 8, 2016 - April 2, 2017 Ladies and Gentlemen… The Beatles! was curated by the GRAMMY Museum® and Fab Four Exhibits and explored the impact The Beatles’s arrival had on American pop culture, including fashion, art, advertising, media and music. The exhibit focused on the height of Beatlemania in the United States (February of 1964 until September of 1966); however, it also included the band’s early days in the United Kingdom (1960-1963), as well as their post-touring years (1967-1970.)
American Champions: The Quest for Olympic Glory March 1, 2016 - September 11, 2016 Set against the backdrop of the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, and 20 years after the Centennial Olympic Games held in Atlanta, Georgia, American Champions: The Quest for Olympic Glory told the story of American athletes in the modern Olympic and Paralympic Games. Beyond celebrating their achievements and athleticism, the exhibit, like the Games themselves, honored the human spirit that unites us all: across borders, generations, gender and race.
Coca-Cola: An American Original November 7, 2015 - February 15, 2016 The Clinton Presidential Center celebrated the art and history of the Coca-Cola Bottle’s 100-year anniversary during its temporary exhibit, Coca-Cola: An American Original.
Dinosaurs Around the World April 25, 2015 - October 18, 2015 Dinosaurs Around the World took visitors back in time on a dinosaur adventure and a tour of an Earth very different from today – a time before the continents as we know them existed, when lush landscapes covered Africa and greenery was the norm in Antarctica! The exhibit featured13 life-sized animatronics, a multi-layered narrative, fossils, authentic casts, cutting-edge research and immersive design elements.
Pigskin Peanuts & Heartbreak in Peanuts
January 17 - April 5, 2015
In honor of the 65th Anniversary of Charles Schulz’s Peanuts, two new exhibitions from the Charles M. Schulz Museum and Research Center in Santa Rosa, California were premiered at the Clinton Presidential Center. Pigskin Peanuts featured Schulz’s football-themed comics, while Heartbreak in Peanuts explored over 70 original strips that focus on lost love. The exhibitions featured reproductions of Charles Schulz’s original comic strips, life-size sculptures of Charlie Brown and Snoopy, and themed ephemera.
May 17, 2014 – January 5, 2015
The Clinton Center presented the artwork of renowned American artist Dale Chihuly. Born in Tacoma, Washington in 1941, Chihuly is credited with revolutionizing the Studio Glass movement and elevating the perception of the glass medium from the realm of craft to fine art. He is renowned for his ambitious architectural installations around the world in historic cities, museums, and gardens. An immersive and astounding visual presentation of color, shape, and form, this exhibition was organized by the Clinton Center in partnership with Chihuly Studio.
February 1 – April 27, 2014
Socks. Buddy. Barney. Bo. Presidential Pets was a tribute to the presidential pets that helped make the White House a home. From snakes to chocolate Labs, these famous pets provided an enjoyable look at presidential history. The display included items from President George W. Bush, President Clinton, President George H.W. Bush, President Ford, President Nixon, President Johnson, and more.
Spies, Traitors & Saboteurs: Fear and Freedom in America
January 18 – April 27, 2014
Created by the International Spy Museum in Washington, DC, Spies, Traitors & Saboteurs: Fear and Freedom in America dramatically illustrated the challenge of securing our nation without compromising the civil liberties upon which it was founded. Through artifacts, multimedia elements, and interactive exhibits, visitors uncovered stories of espionage, treason, and deception in the United States from 1776 to today. Visitors discovered little-known accounts of foreign agents, militias, and radicals, and learned how responses to domestic attacks have driven counterintelligence measures that continue to affect our everyday lives.
And Freedom for All: The March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom
August 10 – November 17, 2013
Commemorating the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom, visitors were able to follow along the historic journey of the 1963 March through the powerful images of famed photojournalist Stanley Tretick. Tretick was assigned by LOOK magazine to cover behind the scenes with organizers and program speakers as they led the 1963 March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom, which was the venue where Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., delivered his historic “I Have a Dream” speech.
Tribute to George Washington
June 29 – July 12, 2013
The exhibit featured George Washington’s personal copy of the U.S. Constitution and Bill of Rights from Mount Vernon; rare handwritten George Washington correspondence from the National Archives in Washington, DC; and a portrait of George Washington painted in 1797 by artist Gilbert Stuart on loan from the Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art in Bentonville, Arkansas.
Photo Credit: Nelson Chenault
Oscar de la Renta: American Icon
May 18 – December 1, 2013
This seminal fashion exhibition celebrated the world-renowned work and inspiring life of designer Oscar de la Renta. The exhibit featured more than 30 of his iconic creations worn by leading arbiters of style, from First Ladies to Hollywood’s brightest stars. In the 1960s, Dominican-born Oscar de la Renta moved to the United States, where he launched his signature ready-to-wear label and quickly became known as a leading figure in international fashion design. Oscar de la Renta’s award-winning career spans five decades and he continues to produce an exceptional body of work – a testament to his enduring creative vision.
Jazz: Through the Eyes of Herman Leonard
March 2 – July 21, 2013
The Clinton Center paid tribute to some of America’s greatest jazz artists including Miles Davis, Duke Ellington, Count Basie, Dizzy Gillespie, and Ella Fitzgerald through iconic photographs from The Herman Leonard collection and memorabilia on loan from museums and private collectors nationwide.
Join us for a FREE public program with Matthew Willman, documentary photographer of President Nelson Mandela on November 1. This event is presented in conjunction with the Clinton Center's current exhibit, Mandela: Journey to Ubuntu, which features the award-winning photography of Mr. Willman.
The William J. Clinton Presidential Center is the home of the Little Rock offices of the Clinton Foundation; the Clinton Presidential Library and Museum; the Clinton School of Public Service, the first institution in the nation to offer a Master of Public Service (MPS) degree; and is a managing partner of the Presidential Leadership Scholars program, a national bipartisan executive-style leadership development initiative. Additionally, the Clinton Center is a world-class educational and cultural venue offering a variety of educational programs, special events, exhibitions, and lectures, presenting a unique perspective of the work – past, present, and future – of the 42nd President of the United States, William Jefferson Clinton.
Our renowned on-site restaurant, Forty Two, offers a variety of dining selections for Center visitors and locals alike. Stop by 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., Monday through Saturday to enjoy a delicious and affordable lunch featuring seasonal and locally grown ingredients. It’s farm-to-table in a modern museum setting. Admission fees are NOT required to dine at Forty Two; however, regular admission fees apply to tour the museum. Visit Website
The Clinton Museum Store, conveniently located in the lobby of the museum, offers a diverse selection of unique memorabilia and gifts, including books, accessories, collectibles, and more. The Museum Store also features items related to the current temporary exhibit. Admission fees are NOT required to shop at the Museum Store; however, regular admission fees apply to tour the museum.Visit Website