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Herbert Hoover Presidential Library and Museum

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Address: 210 Parkside Dr, P.O.Box 607, West Branch, IA 52358-9685
Phone Number: 319-643-2541
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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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Going to this presidential library and museum was a little bit like reading a detailed history of Hoover's life. Filled with memorabilia, this place expansively covers Hoover's... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 2 days ago
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Chicago, Illinois
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Going to this presidential library and museum was a little bit like reading a detailed history of Hoover's life. Filled with memorabilia, this place expansively covers Hoover's life, both the low points and the high points. I learned so much about Hoover that I had previously not known, and I was fascinated to find out just how much good he... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

A wonderful presidential library. Here are a few tips: 1. If your in town for multiple days, start by walking around the grounds (including the burial site) in the evening. This is a good way to orientate yourself & enjoy while it's not too hot. 2. Start your tour & the visitors center & make your way through the village... More 

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Savannah
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

I am so glad to have gone and seen this Presidential Library Iowa should be very proud to have such a great man and President from their wonderful state .. Learned so much about this Man that I didn't know and didn't learn in any history classes that I took in High school and college. Glad to learn that he... More 

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Portland, Oregon
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

I was very impressed with the exhibit on President Hoover's life. It is well worth the admission fee to visit the museum. I had no idea he was such a great humanitarian. His timing as president could not have been more unfortunate. He was unfairly blamed for the Great Depression and because of this, His many worldy contributions were erased... More 

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Santa Clara, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

This relatively small Presidential Library tells the story about an amazing man whose name was damaged by the Great Depression. Beyond his presidency, Hoover was a great humanitarian saved thousands of Europeans from starvation after WW 1 and helped after WW 2. Before becoming President, he warned his predecessor about stock market excesses. As President, he tried to get Congress... More 

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Warrington, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

I am a history major with a Masters degree in history and have taught Advanced Placement for several years. I am so sad to say that the history books have done such a major disservice to Herbert Hoover. This library and museum is so well done with an amazing telling of all the service and good Herbert Hoover did for... More 

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Mount Pleasant, South Carolina
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Most people only know about Hoover in relation to the depression but this provided a well rounded picture of his accomplishments. The exhibit on the world of gangsters was entertaining and informative as well.

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Haines City, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

What an eye opening experience as the full story of this great American and his wife was revealed in this well done library. History has not been kind to this president and our nation needs another like him. The library and museum are well done. As a bonus, the exhibit on gangsters and prohibition was quite entertaining.

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Lincoln, Nebraska
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

The Hoover NHS is free. Follow that up by paying the reasonable cost of admission to tour this gem on the Presidential Library circuit which chronicles the life and times of Herbert and Lou Hoover. The museum displays and explains the life of these two hard working, giving, caring people. I'm also glad to have visited the Truman Library and... More 

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Cedar Rapids, Iowa
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We visited the Hoover Museum and Library today, not only to see the Hoover exhibit but also the special exhibit about the era of gangsters and prohibition. The exhibits were well done, interesting and educational. The library is very tastefully done and well worth a visit. We spent 2 hours in the museum alone. History has not treated President Hoover... More 

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