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Herbert Hoover Presidential Library and Museum

Address: 210 Parkside Drive, P.O.Box 607, West Branch, IA 52358
Phone Number: 319-643-2541
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Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Historic Sites, Libraries, History Museums, Museums, Sights & Landmarks, Traveler Resources
Owner description: This library-museum commemorates the 31st President of the U.S. and the first born west of the...
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Type: Historic Sites, Libraries, History Museums, Museums, Sights & Landmarks, Traveler Resources
Owner description: This library-museum commemorates the 31st President of the U.S. and the first born west of the Mississippi River. Exhibits track Hoover’s life and political career. The large temporary gallery has changing exhibits that relate to American history. The Museum sits on the grounds of the Hoover National historic site where visitors can tour Hoover's birthplace cottage, blacksmith shop, Quaker meeting house, the local school and the Hoover's gravesite.
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omaha, ne
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21 reviews 21 reviews
6 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 9, 2015

This a great place to visit. Great for learning the history of the nation during this era. Mueseum was done well.

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Mantorville, Minnesota
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141 reviews 141 reviews
73 attraction reviews
89 helpful votes 89 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 29, 2014

The is a great place to get off of I-80 and learn about one of the greatest men to occupy The White House. This museum does a great job of outlining Mr. Hoovers many accomplishments before, during, and after his presidency. Mr. Hoover is blamed by many for The Great Depression. The displays in this museum give a better picture... More 

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Prescott, Arizona
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118 reviews 118 reviews
18 attraction reviews
60 helpful votes 60 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 11, 2014

Herbert Hoover is probably one of the most misunderstood people who has been a US president. First president born west of the Mississippi River, he was orphaned at an early age and raised by an aunt and uncle. Put himself through Stanford University, funded in part by a number of campus businesses that he started. Became wealthy as a mining... More 

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New Brighton, Minnesota
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16 reviews 16 reviews
7 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 8, 2014

This is an excellent place to visit and pay your respects to President Hoover. The history shared in the museum about the man, his relationship to the rest of the world, his intelligence and sacrifice made for the rest of the world is altogether different than the way it is depicted in the history books. Truly a great man that... More 

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Gillette, Wyoming
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8 reviews 8 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 4, 2014

The museum was hosting first ladies gowns, very nice displays. Total museum experience very satisfying and informative. Great value, great staff, easy access and ample parking.

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Chesterfield, MO
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224 reviews 224 reviews
125 attraction reviews
255 helpful votes 255 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 17, 2014

I found the Herbert hoover Presidential Historic Site to be very interesting and educational. The media has always portrayed Hoover as a villain who caused the Great Depression, but it turns out that is nothing but propaganda mostly from the Roosevelt family. If anything, Hoover was someone who cared deeply for his country and poor and was a man of... More 

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Saint Louis, Missouri
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204 reviews 204 reviews
75 attraction reviews
71 helpful votes 71 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 17, 2014

Many of us grew up being taught that Herbert Hoover caused the Great Depression. He did not. He just happened to be president and really did not know how to address the problem. He had a remarkable life before he was president and a remarkable life after. This museum tells the story of his life and his wife Lou. Just... More 

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Delaware, Ohio
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135 reviews 135 reviews
35 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 10, 2014

It was only natural to visit here while visiting the Herbert Hoover NHS. Depending on how much time you have to devote, both the NHS and Library can be done on the same day. There is a small entrance fee for the library/museum and the exhibits are self-guided. There are a tremendous number of exhibits to see from Herbert Hoover's... More 

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Vonore, Tennessee
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326 reviews 326 reviews
171 attraction reviews
445 helpful votes 445 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 5, 2014

We visited the historic area first for about an hour to watch a short film on President Hoover's childhood and to visit his birthplace, the Quaker meeting House, the blacksmith shop and the one room schoolhouse. Then we walked the short distance to the Library and Museum. The Library is for researchers but the museum is open for a small... More 

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Leesburg, IN
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21 attraction reviews
29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 24, 2014

We learned a lot about Herbert Hoover that we weren't aware of previously. Very informative. The burial area was simple but moving.

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