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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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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... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed March 10, 2015
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Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
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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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Prescott, Arizona
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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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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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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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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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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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