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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
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
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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Prescott, Arizona
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116 reviews 116 reviews
18 attraction reviews
59 helpful votes 59 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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6 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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125 attraction reviews
253 helpful votes 253 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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203 reviews 203 reviews
74 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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107 reviews 107 reviews
28 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 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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299 reviews 299 reviews
158 attraction reviews
416 helpful votes 416 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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46 reviews 46 reviews
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24 helpful votes 24 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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Vancouver, Canada
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167 reviews 167 reviews
78 attraction reviews
123 helpful votes 123 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 23, 2014

We visited several Presidential museums and found some more interesting than others. We knew very little about Hoover beyond the dam that bears his name and the fact that he presided over the Great Depression. The museum did not seamlessly take us through his life before public service or his time in government. At several points we needed to backtrack... More 

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Houston, Texas
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73 attraction reviews
175 helpful votes 175 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 20, 2014

Herbert Hoover National Historic Site consist of President Hoover’s birthplace cottage, a blacksmith shop, school house, Quaker Meeting house and the graves of President Hoover and Mrs. Hoover. Time needed to visit all of it at least 3 hours. The library/museum is very educational, start by watching a interesting film. Than follow the well laid out time displays, from birth,... More 

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