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Herbert Hoover Presidential Library and Museum

210 Parkside Dr, P.O.Box 607, West Branch, IA 52358-9685
+1 319-643-5301
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Interesting and Informational

The museum is worth the trip. Exhibits are excellent. It was interesting to learn more about... read more

Reviewed 2 days ago
jrhs55
A nice spot in the middle of nowhere

One of my life goals is to visit all of the presidential libraries. This wasn't the first one I've... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Geoff C
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Evanston, Illinois
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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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210 Parkside Dr, P.O.Box 607, West Branch, IA 52358-9685
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Reviewed 2 days ago

The museum is worth the trip. Exhibits are excellent. It was interesting to learn more about Herbert Hoover.

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Reviewed 1 week ago

One of my life goals is to visit all of the presidential libraries. This wasn't the first one I've visited, but it was the first one ever created. It's a really nice place to visit, especially if your a history dork like me. Hoover was...More

Thank Geoff C
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This was outstanding...I like others who have reviewed this did not know much about Hoover. The exhibits are very informative and demonstrate how quickly we judge people and are usually incorrect in our assumptions. A great learning experience for us all.

Thank Susan S
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I did not know very much about Herbert Hoover so the visit to the Presidential library was very informative. It is very well laid out and a truly beautiful place.

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

For someone who enjoys American history this is a fantastic place to visit! Very informative and a great insight into Hoover’s life. Sad that they didn’t go into details about his FBI oversight (probably because he was unpopular during this) but nonetheless a terrific attraction...More

Thank Andrew T
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The museum is very special as you will learn things about Hoover that you did not know. The library paints a very sympathetic picture of Hoover's presidency, and suggests that many of FDR's programs were an extension of Hoover's initiatives. Although I am admittedly not...More

Thank Doc A
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Before we went into the museum, we spent some time viewing the buildings of his youth. I would recommend sreing the video in the Forest ranger's station first, it has some great background info. The buildings are very well set up and you can see...More

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Very interesting museum. I grew up near West Branch but didn’t know much about President Hoover before the museum trip. He deserves much more recognition for all he accomplished in his life.

Thank Karen T
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The approx 20 minute video plays at the top of the hour, so unless you are lucky or well-planned, you may need to start the exhibits, exit for the movie, them come back to the exhibits. We thought the displays were very good and not...More

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

At this museum, you'll learn about President Hoover and our US history. He was an amazing man--first graduation class at Stanford, mining engineer, humanitarian, Secretary of Commerce, President, etc. His wife, Lou, was also amazing, especially for her work with the Girl Scouts. So convenient,...More

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kathyonha
28 June 2018|
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Response from lovetotravellady21 | Reviewed this property |
They are only closed Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year’s.
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JohnM108FD
13 January 2018|
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Response from Adam L | Reviewed this property |
Yes. The Library is right in town, is if not in the parking lot, which is quite large, it is only a very short walk from downtown. Definitely worth a visit, as it is a very well done Library.
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Steve P
1 March 2015|
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Response from HHooverMuseum | Property representative |
Margaret Hoover visits the Museum several times a year, she does not do specific speaking engagements but often participates in the annual celebration the first weekend in August.
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