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Woodrow Wilson Presidential Library and Museum

18 North Coalter Street, Staunton, VA 24401
(540)-885-0897
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Ranked #5 of 12 Attractions in Staunton
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Museums
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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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22 reviews 22 reviews
6 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2014

I saw the freeways signs for this while driving from Washington, DC, to Johnson City, Tennessee, and decided to stop. I'm glad I did! I arrived at 4pm, just in time for the final tour of the day. Our guide, Linda, was excellent. Very knowledgeable about the period, funny, and had a lot of trivia and stories to share. The... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2014

You begin with a video of Wilson and his family. Then on to the museum. We were the only tourists for the 10AM tour so Cynthia gave us a private tour of the birthplace before we went thru the museum on our own. As you might expect much space was devoted to WW1 with less attention to many other events... More

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39 reviews 39 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 9, 2014

Found this historical attraction to be interesting, informative, and well put together. We stopped here first and ended up spending our entire morning here. There is a docent led tour of WW birth home, and a museum next door with all sorts of memorabilia from his childhood and presidential years. It's very informative and a great "behind the scenes" look... More

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Jacksonville Beach, Florida
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11 attraction reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 9, 2014

We do all the Presidential libraries. This one wasn't much about Woodrow Wilson. we toured a house he lived in as a boy. Instead of focusing on Woodrow Wilson, the tour's focus was on domestic life in the 1800's. The little museum had as much focus on WWI trench warfare as on Woodrow Wilson. We toured most of the Presidential... More

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Portsmouth, Ohio, United States
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34 attraction reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 8, 2014 via mobile

The house and library are not big by any standard, but our mistake was underestimating the amount of time we could spend there. We arrived at 3:30, with a house tour scheduled for 4:00. The guide told us to expect to spend 30 minutes on the tour; he badly underestimated how informative he was going to be. The tour lasted... More

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TX
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2014

The museum is small but the guide was terrific. She really knew her history of Woodrow Wilson and made it a very pleasant trip into the past.

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Fredericksburg, Virginia
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7 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014

The library is only available to researchers so I cannot comment on that. However, the museum, though rather compact, is of interest to those of us who would like to know more about a president who began his 16 years in office as wildly popular yet left office as highly unpopular and in poor health. The visit should be taken... More

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Chicago, Illinois
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39 reviews 39 reviews
10 attraction reviews
30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2014

After reading biographies of Woodrow Wilson we wanted to learn more about him and made a side trip from visiting family in Lexington to visit the museum and birthplace. Seeing his post-presidential Pierce Arrow was neat. He only lived in Staunton as a baby, but it's always interesting to gain perspective by seeing where a president got his start and... More

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Hilton Head, South Carolina
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30 attraction reviews
45 helpful votes 45 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2014

The museum includes both a visit to Wilson's birthplace and the nearby Presidential Library. Worth a visit if you are in town.

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Durham, North Carolina
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 12, 2014

The museum was informative and well organized. We felt it presented an excellent overview of the era in an interesting way.

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