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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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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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More interesting than I expected

Given my recent interest in U.S. Presidents and my previous love for libraries, this was a perfect stop for me and my husbands Iowa trip. I was a little hesitant to go after... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 2 weeks ago
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Gurnee, Illinois
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Gurnee, Illinois
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68 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Given my recent interest in U.S. Presidents and my previous love for libraries, this was a perfect stop for me and my husbands Iowa trip. I was a little hesitant to go after seeing pictures on Trip Advisor, since the library looked small from outside. We went anyways and so glad we did. The Museum was packed with Hoover history,... More 

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Mascoutah, Illinois
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 weeks ago

Having been to over 15 libraries and museums of presidents, I have to admit the Hoover one was impressive. I attended with my oldest son who found the grounds and his history pretty amazing. The best part, much like the Wilson library is that it is located right where he grew up. In fact, it is on the property which... More 

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Cedar Rapids
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 5, 2016

In my opinion, this is one of those places you have to visit before you die places. It was in the upper 30s today and for Iowa that ain't bad! This is just off I-80 at exit 254 and if you have the time then by all means stop here and take a look at Iowa history at its finest.... More 

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Des Moines, Iowa
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 23, 2015

The small visitor center and tour of the birthplace, restored village and grave site are free, but the highlight is definitely the museum and library which is reasonably priced. One could easily spend 1-2 hours touring the entire site and museum. History buffs may want to linger even longer. It is very close to I-80 so a family traveling through... More 

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Dubuque, Iowa
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 6, 2015

I had been by the museum a couple times. Took a trip just to go there today The people were very friendly. I enjoyed the museum very much, Its well done. The trench is an experience, I would not use the red button for children, its intense. After I did the building I went to the grave site, its a... More 

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South Milwaukee, Wisconsin
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 27, 2015

We have been trying to visit presidential libraries to learn more about the presidents of our nation. This is our third presidential library and did not disappoint. We knew so little about this man and his upbringing. The library is well put together and we did not feel rushed to get through it. The day of our visit the weather... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 21, 2015 via mobile

First presidential library visit and I was impressed. Didn't know much about HH until visiting and came away with an appreciation for and a desire to learn more about him. This is one of only 13 presidential libraries in the nation. Wouldn't make a trip solely based on visiting a PL but would definitely go a bit out of the... More 

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Sharon, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 17, 2015

We went to the Herbert Hoover museum with low expectations, but were very pleasantly surprised. The museum exhibit is top drawer, well laid out in logical format and sequence and well presented. His life and presidency, as discredited as he was subsequently, was presented fairly and, in fact, largely rehabilitates his reputation to a much more well deserved status. He... More 

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Palatine, Illinois, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 12, 2015

Surprised to learn that are really 2 distinct parts to the Library/Museum. One portion is run by the National Parks Service. That portion is a Free Small Museum. Then you can walk out and there are preserved buildings from his childhood. Sort of a very mini Williamsburg. A short walk takes you to the much larger and more extensive history... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 26, 2015 via mobile

W3 have been to many historic sites. This one is very nice. It is close to the freeway and is easy to get there. The facilities are great. We would definitely return.

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