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Herbert Hoover Presidential Library and Museum

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Address: 210 Parkside Drive, P.O.Box 607, West Branch, IA 52358
Phone Number: 319-643-2541
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Description: This library-museum commemorates the 31st President of the U.S. and the...
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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This was the first presidential library I have visited. I learned so much. I only wish I had another three hours to spend. I certainly didn't see enough in one short morning... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed July 24, 2015
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Louisville, Kentucky
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2015 NEW via mobile

This was the first presidential library I have visited. I learned so much. I only wish I had another three hours to spend. I certainly didn't see enough in one short morning. The buildings that are restored including his birthplace home were very interesting to tour. The walk to his burial place was beautiful as was the view from there... More 

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Iowa City, Iowa
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2015 NEW

Depending on your time and interest, you can determine if you just want to visit the Visitor Center, outside buildings (most of which are open and you can tour), grave site, and/or visit the Presidential Museum. The only fee is at the museum. The museum is worth the price of admission. The static display is well done and spans his... More 

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Bradford, Pennsylvania
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2015

If you're visiting the Presidential Library & Museum, definitely take a little extra time to tour the boyhood home/village. No charge for the boyhood home, village, & ranger station exhibits. The blacksmith gave a very detailed explanation of Hoover's jobs before becoming president while he was giving a blacksmith demonstration. We brought home a dinner triangle that the blacksmith made... More 

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West Branch, Iowa
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2015

The new exhibit in the Library is much more interactive and will interest middle schoolers especially!

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florida
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 159 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2015

There are 13 presidential libraries and this was the last one we needed to do The library although small tells a wonderful story about our 31st President Herbert Hoover really did a lot for our country which most people don't know about. There are 2 films to watch before you tour the exhibits which are well done and very informative... More 

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Eagan, Minnesota
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2015

Loved this! I knew very little of Herbert Hoover before visiting and this museum did an amazing job of chronicling his life. (He truly was an inspirational man!) My husband and I thoroughly enjoyed our visit and will return again! I would suggest getting the membership, it was around $50 and allows me and a guest free entry into any... More 

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Kennewick, Washington
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 153 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2015

I vow to visit every presidential library and museum I can. This is the second one I have been to. They are so interesting. You learn so much about the period in history of the president's life. This was no exception. I learned things I never knew. Very nice facility. There is a lot to see..displays, grounds, films.

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Carthage, Illinois
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2015

There was so much history on display. Yet, everything on the walls that I chose to read were easy to read. By this I mean they were not too lengthy, the font was large enough for weary eyes, and they were quite interesting. The videos were anywhere from four to nine minutes, which is good.

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Fairview Heights, Illinois
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2015

The museum offers a very informative movie about Herbert Hoover. I always associated him with the Great Depression, but I learned many things about him here. I learned about his parents' backgrounds, his close relationship with his Quaker faith and the community of West Branch, as well as his association with charitable organizations. The grounds are well-maintained and offers a... More 

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Greeley, CO
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 6, 2015

Fun museum, but like all the rest, this is not real history. Hoover, the millionaire President who watched America begin the Great Depression on his watch, is instead painted as a humanitarian who helped feed Europe through the World Wars. All true, just a slightly distorted view. Gift shop workers are wonderful, and the area surrounding the museum is a... More 

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Address: 210 Parkside Drive, P.O.Box 607, West Branch, IA 52358
Phone Number: 319-643-2541
Location: United States  >  Iowa (IA)  >  West Branch

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