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Woodrow Wilson Presidential Library and Museum

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Address: 18 North Coalter Street, Staunton, VA 24401
Phone Number: (540)-885-0897
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Set next to and including Wilson's birthplace, this small museum is full of surprises, especially the basement exhibit about World War I trench warfare and audio recordings of... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed May 25, 2015
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Northern Virginia
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Pittsburgh, PA
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116 reviews 116 reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 27, 2015 NEW

I feel this attraction is vastly overrated, especially for the price. True, the tour of the Manse is interesting (the tidbits about Victorian life, especially the importance of the parlor were appreciated) and our tour guide was very good; however, why couldn't we go upstairs and see the bedrooms? More importantly, I was supremely disappointed with the museum. Wilson is... More 

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Northern Virginia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 25, 2015 NEW

Set next to and including Wilson's birthplace, this small museum is full of surprises, especially the basement exhibit about World War I trench warfare and audio recordings of Wilson speaking. Tours conducted by well-informed docents are very worthwhile. You can see the place in an hour.

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Springfield, VA
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31 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 17, 2015

It's important for visitors to understand that the concept of presidential libraries dates from the administration of Franklin D. Roosevelt, who decided in 1939 to donate his papers to the country. So, if you're expecting a modern presidential library/museum, in the mold of the JFK library in Boston, for example, you won't find that at the Woodrow Wilson Presidential Library... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 13, 2015

Definitely worth a visit. This small, but significant museum has done an excellent job covering the life of and contributions made by President Wilson during troubling times in the early 20th century. The excellent docent led tour of the birth home of President Wilson is important only as a portrait of how a family would have lived in the antebellum... More 

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Naples, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 29, 2015

If visiting the birthplace of Woodrow Wilson, you enter via the Library and Museum. A trip back in history and a view of World War I and its effects on all of us. Easy visit, nice displays, and a easy area to move around in while enjoying the museum. Mostly on one floor, with one exhibit in the basement. Enjoyable... More 

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Danville, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 24, 2015

We literally stumbled across this little gem while visiting the area, and are so glad we took the time to stop. The staff was gracious, friendly, and informative. The home is lovely, and we learned quite a lot of interesting facts about the Wilson family. The museum was also quite nice. I learned so much about President Wilson (his first... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 1, 2015 via mobile

On our way to visit Appomattox National Historical Park we saw the sign for this presidential museum. Originally from New Jersey I just always assumed this would have been located in the Garden State. We included a visit to the museum on our way back from Appomattox. Overall the museum is interesting. Although we did feel the price of admission... More 

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Anna Maria Island, Florida
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3 attraction reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 29, 2015

Liked the facility and how information was presented. Be sure and take the 1/2 hr. tour. You will miss out just walking through the museum.

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Great Falls, Virginia, United States
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21 reviews 21 reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2015

The town of Staunton has some very intersesting architecture, and a pleasant historic downtown and theatres, but the Wilson Museum should be the highlight of any tour. WIlson was President during America's first entry onto the world stage, and his very critical contributions to our national development and global legacy are often overshadowed by later WHite House occupants; this was... More 

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South Carolina
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30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 23, 2015

My husband and I arrived for the last tour of the day. It was very crowded. But we enjoyed the tour very much. The host was very knowledgeable. We learned a lot about Woodrow Wilson and his family. They have the limousine that he used in the museum and a recreated bunker from WWI in the basement. We learned so... More 

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