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Sam Rayburn Museum - Office of the Speaker of the House of Representatives - Virtual Tour

The centerpiece of the Sam Rayburn Museum is a replica of the formal office of the Speaker of the House of Representatives. During the recent renovation of the museum, a 360° image of the office was created.

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A silver crystal chandelier dominates the room. (You can see it's reflection in the mirror behind Rayburn's desk). Originally placed in the White House during the administration of Ulysses S. Grant, the chandelier was removed on orders of President Theodore Roosevelt, who objected to the noise created when breezes stirred the crystals. They were later distributed among the most important rooms in the Capitol.

A 360 degree view of a reproduction of Rayburn's Washington D.C. office.
360° view of Sam Rayburn's office during his time as Speaker of the House.

Speaker Rayburn worked in this office whenever he was in Bonham between sessions of the Congress. It features original furnishings from the Speaker's office in the Capitol, including Rayburn's personal desk, red leather furniture, and rug.

The room's barrel-vaulted ceiling, hand decorated by Italian artisans, and its tile floor patterns are exact copies of the floor and ceiling in Rayburn's capitol office. The fireplace immediately behind the desk was originally installed in the House of Representatives, where it remained for ninety-two years until its removal during the Capitol renovation project in the late 1940s.

Learn more about the museum's exhibits.  Read more about Sam Rayburn.

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