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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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Houston, Texas
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182 reviews 182 reviews
64 attraction reviews
146 helpful votes 146 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 20, 2014 NEW

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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Fort Wayne, Indiana
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51 reviews 51 reviews
17 attraction reviews
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2014

This is a well put together historical site that included a lot of interesting and well taken care of sites. The grounds, museum, and town main streets were easily walkable. The museum was pretty unbiased and informative. I think I left as an HH fan and ended up spending 3 hours instead of the 1-2 we had set aside. Thanks... More

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Dallas, Texas
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94 reviews 94 reviews
34 attraction reviews
45 helpful votes 45 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2014

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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174 reviews 174 reviews
60 attraction reviews
59 helpful votes 59 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2014

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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40 reviews 40 reviews
11 attraction reviews
29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2014

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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83 attraction reviews
76 helpful votes 76 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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26 attraction reviews
43 helpful votes 43 helpful votes
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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388 attraction reviews
317 helpful votes 317 helpful votes
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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