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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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Journey To Visit All the Presidential Libraries

This was our 3rd Presidential Library that we have visited. Although much smaller than the other two (Ford & Bush), it was still very enjoyable and educational. It took about 2.5... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed May 3, 2015
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Orchard Lake, Michigan
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8 reviews 8 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 3, 2015 NEW via mobile

This was our 3rd Presidential Library that we have visited. Although much smaller than the other two (Ford & Bush), it was still very enjoyable and educational. It took about 2.5 hours to view everything, including the 20 minute movie. Would highly recommend attending. And so close to Interstate 80. A great place to stop when traveling across Iowa!

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Pewaukee, Wisconsin
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 29, 2015 NEW via mobile

This museum is informative and informal. The artifacts are fun to look at, it's easy to make your way through in an hour or less. There was so much I learned about Hoover and WWI. Gift shop is nice and the adjacent park is a great place to stretch your legs, especially if you're on a long trip down I-80

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Indianapolis, Indiana
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 24, 2015

I found this while driving across Iowa. This museum is well worth the time and cost to make a visit. The displays really do a great job of showing the life and times of President Hoover. Do take in the movie, as it was well produced and very informative. If I'm ever in this area of Iowa, I would make... More 

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Minneapolis, Minnesota
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 13, 2015

We didn't have a lot of time, but enjoyed our short stop. We watched the short video, toured the small visitor's center and walked the grounds. We did not go to the library.

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Nappanee, Indiana
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 29, 2015

We didn't know too much about President Herbert Hoover but a stop at his library and museum changed all that. He was quite the humanitarian and unfortunately it was the great depression that put his presidency into turmoil. It is well displayed and gives a real insight into this great man.

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Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 10, 2015

We've driven by the signs for this museum many times as we head west on I-80 through Iowa. We finally had a chance to make the side trip over there. This was very interesting. President Hoover provided much more to our country throughout his career than just what happened during his presidency. It was fascinating to learn more about that... More 

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Naperville, Illinois
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 8, 2015

This is a great Presidential Library. Have been to almost all of them, and this really compares to the best of them. There is a great permanent display that would take many hours to go through, as well a small exhibit about Iowa baseball (Hoover was a big fan). Hoover gets the blame for the Depression, but I came away... More 

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Des Moines, Iowa
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 27, 2015

Stopped after sundown. The entire place is spooky, but kind of in a good way. We were the only ones in the area, and there were little wafts of smoke coming out of all the chimneys, but no lights on anywhere. The statue on the walking path is a little creepy and has a menacing poem affixed to its base.... More 

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omaha, ne
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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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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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