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Herbert Hoover Presidential Library and Museum

210 Parkside Drive, P.O.Box 607, West Branch, IA 52358
319-643-2541
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Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Historic Sites, History Museums, Libraries
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... more » 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. « less
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Dallas, Texas
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93 reviews 93 reviews
34 attraction reviews
42 helpful votes 42 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2014 NEW

I love Presidential Museums (this is my 7th or 8th). This one is especially educational, as Pres. Hoover is certainly a president most of us know very little, if anything, about. It's a small, unassuming museum, which befits the man who was President during the Great Depression. His boyhood home is also on the grounds, as is his and Mrs.... More

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Kailua Kona, HI
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58 helpful votes 58 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2014 NEW

Very informative with lots of artifacts. National Park Service run home site next door was good also.

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Coal Valley, Illinois
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36 reviews 36 reviews
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25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2014 NEW

If you're traveling with kids, keep driving, unless they need a pitstop. We didn't see one child during our entire Saturday visit, and for good reason: This isn't the Lincoln Library. It's for grown-ups, history buffs, and people who are mystified by the nation's 31st President. If you do stop, you might as well spend an hour stretching your legs.... More

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Omaha NE
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64 helpful votes 64 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2014

I always knew Herbert Hoover as the president in office when the Great Depression hit in 1929. Apparently, he was quite the humanitarian. He spent years working to end poverty and help people around the world. As a small boy in Iowa, he had the Quaker beliefs toward service to others instilled in him. These beliefs stayed with him as... More

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New York City, New York
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8 reviews 8 reviews
4 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014

We really enjoyed learning more about Herbert Hoovers life. It was very informative and they did a good job making it interesting.

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Crestview, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2014

my wife and I enjoyed the time that we spent here and on the grounds. Currently a "First Lady"exhibit is featured and had us wishing that we had more time to hang out..Will need to go to You Tube to watch what we missed...A must see for sure!

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Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 7, 2014

We knew every little about Herbert Hoover prior it this visit. Always heard about the crash of Wall Street when he was President, but little about his years prior and after he was president. This for us was an eye opener and very well presented. From his boyhood years to his death.

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Wapakoneta, Ohio
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 3, 2014 via mobile

I just didn't get wow'd with this place. It may be because we got there late in the afternoon and we felt a little rushed to get thru it before closing. I don't know. We enjoy presidential library and museums, as well as touring president's homes. But this one just didn't do it for me. Maybe it was the way... More

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Chesterfield, Missouri
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2014

I love Presidential Libraries especially when they are well done. The library tells the story of an orphan boy who gets himself educated and goes on to be a pioneer in international industry. I think that Hoover is not lauded enough and the museum brings to the forefront the enormous amount of service he did not only for the United... More

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Rochester
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014

We stopped on our way out to South Dakota. The film is very informative. We walked out to see a few of the buildings, like Hoover's birthplace home, his father's blacksmith shop, and the gravesites. The grounds are beautifully maintained and you can go for a short or a very long walk. It was a good break (with bathroom) from... More

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