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“National Churchill Museum - a Gem”

The National Churchill Museum
Ranked #1 of 7 things to do in Fulton
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Recommended length of visit: <1 hour
Owner description: In 1946 it was at Westminster College that Winston Churchill delivered one of the most significant speeches of his long and illustrious career. That address, formally entitled, The Sinews of Peace, but best known for that evocative phrase, An Iron Curtain has descended across the Continent, effectively marked the beginning of the Cold War and linked, forever, Fulton and Westminster College with Winston Churchill.In the 1960s Westminster College set out to mark what would be the 40th anniversary of Churchill's visit. After due consideration to traditional modes of commemoration, Westminster College settled on the rather more ambitious notion of moving a Christopher Wren designed Church from London. This Church, St. Mary the Virgin Aldermanbury, had stood in London since 1677 when it replaced an earlier structure that had sat on the same site since the 12th century. This magnificent building, badly damaged during the London Blitz, was moved stone by stone to Westminster's campus and rebuilt to Wren's original specifications.Beneath this Church is the National Churchill Museum itself which through the imaginative and innovative use of technology bring to life the story of Winston Churchill and the world he knew. Recently rebuilt form the ground up the new displays and the permanent exhibition, together with host of associated historical and cultural activities that support it was recognized the by the United States Congress as America's permanent tribute to this great man and formally recognized as America's National Churchill Museum.
Reviewed May 8, 2012

Tiny Westminster College in Fulton, MO, hosted Winston Churchill, accompanied by President Harry Truman, in March 1946. It was here that Churchill made his prophetic "Iron Curtain" speech about the growing power of the USSR. The museum highlights Winston Churchill's remarkable career, it is a great tribute to a giant of a man. It is chilling to be reminded how accurately he predicted the coming of WW II right at the end of "The War To End All Wars", namely WW I. And how amazing that Churchill almost alone recognized and warned of the great evil rising up in Germany, while the rest of the world wanted to negotiate with Hitler. DO NOT MISS THIS EXCELLENT MUSEUM !! Remember the saying: "Those who fail to learn from history are doomed to repeat it."

After visiting the museum, check out St. Mary The Virgin Church sitting on top of the museum. The church comes with an interesting history: it stood in London, England, for some 800 years and was restored by Sir Christopher Wren after the Great Fire of London of 1666. Damaged in WW II during the London Blitz of 1940, the remaining church was later shipped stone-by-stone to Fulton, MO, where it was reconstructed and fully restored to Wren's 1677 design.

Westminster College in Fulton is located SE of Columbia, MO, off I-70 & Hwy 54.

Date of experience: April 2012
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Reviewed April 18, 2012

We had been meaning to visit this museum for some time and were glad we finally did. The museum is here in the middle of Missouri at Westminster College in Fulton to commemorate the fact that in 1946, the former British Prime Minister and wartime leader accepted the small college’s invitation to present a speech here. The oration itself is famous because in it, Churchill coined the term “iron curtain” to describe the Soviet Union. Museum exhibits document the life and achievements of Churchill, with emphasis on his roles in World Wars I and II. Also on display are mementos and kitsch bearing his likeness, as well as his brushes and painting equipment. The museum, which also includes a gift shop of Churchill memorabilia (but no embroidered patch, dammit!), is located in the basement of the Church of St. Mary of the Virgin, previously of Aldermanbury, England. Brought here and reassembled stone by stone, the 14th century church was redesigned in 1677 by Sir Christopher Wren after it was destroyed in the Great Fire of London and was later struck by a German bomb during World War II. The church, which features magnificent arched windows, serves as a reminder of Churchill’s historic visit. Near the church and museum are two sculptures of the great man and a piece called “Breakthrough,” which was created from a portion of the Berlin Wall by Churchill’s granddaughter, Edwina Sandys. It was presented to the college in 1990 in a dedication which included a speech by Ronald Reagan. If you have an interest in history, this museum is well worth visiting.

Date of experience: May 2011
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Reviewed March 6, 2012

It was a lot of information and a lot to read, so I just browsed through most of it. There are certainly interesting exhibits, but it seemed like overwhelming to me.

Date of experience: March 2012
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Reviewed March 1, 2012

Outstanding exhibit tells the story of Winston Churchill's life in an approachable, lively way. The museum is superbly designed, with lots of interactive exhibits, short film clips, etc. Easily held my attention, and I ended up staying for nearly four hours. Children would find much to entertain them as well. Such a surprise to find this fabulous spot in a tiny Midwestern town.

Date of experience: February 2012
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Reviewed February 26, 2012

The church is beautiful! Although it's one of Christopher Wren's more simplistic designs on the outside, the inside is gorgeous! The museum and library itself are very informational and always have a new exhibit whenever I visit. A great piece of history to explore!

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