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Herbert Hoover Presidential Library and Museum
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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.
Reviewed 20 August 2011

I enjoyed my visit to the Hoover Museum and Library, which sits about 12 miles east of Iowa City in the small town of West Branch. The Museum isn't even a full mile off of the
interstate.

The Museum is an impressive collection of Hoover's personal and professional life, and the National Archives' (of which the Museum is a part) temporary exhibit on the Presidents' education was very interesting (though most everything in the exhibit is a reproduction.) The Museum takes the visitor from Hoover's early life through college, engineering, humanitarian efforts and his presidency to his active retirement. A replica of his post-presidency office is a nice touch. I found the layout to be a bit challenging compared to other presidential museums, as there are several middle-of-the-aisle displays to take in.

The grave site of President and Mrs. Hoover sits on a hill west of the Museum, and the Birthplace is to the north. While the Museum, Tomb and Birthplace are interesting and informative, all three are far enough apart on the premises to make driving from site-to-site preferential to walking. Original homes surround the tiny Hoover Birthplace and have been preserved nicely.

My admission to the site was $6, and I highly recommend that you visit. The site provides insight into a man whose unfortunate presidency was just a blemish in an otherwise fascinating, accomplished life.

Thank roadtripphene
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Reviewed 27 July 2011

This museum has both indoor and outdoor attractions. Outdoors, it is fun to walk through Herbert Hoover's birthplace home, school room, Quaker meeting house, and the blacksmith shop. Indoors--air conditioned--you'll find a very well-done display that follows the life and achievements of Herbert Hoover as well as the changes in early twentieth-century American history. For history buffs and educational family trips, this is time well spent, and a good place to stop if you are traveling Hwy 80 through Iowa. Children under 15 are admitted to the museum at a reduced rate.

For convenience sake: There is also a gas station and Quiznos at the Hwy exit (254). This attraction is located within ten minutes of Iowa City.

1  Thank mysterrytraveler
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Reviewed 5 July 2011

The museum offers a in-depth look at the life of an influential past president. His most notable act of feeding the hungry all over the world is amazing. His talents and abilities were extraordinary. Some of the politics of the time presented in the museum is not that far off of the times we are living in now.

1  Thank mjgiovanna
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Reviewed 22 June 2011

We visited here with little more knowledge of Hoover than the fact that the Great Depression began on his watch. After several hours here we now understand that he was a very intelligent and exceptionally caring man who happened to be president when the US (and world) economies collapsed. In addition, we can now appreciate how many things he put into place before he left office in 1932 that became some of the underpinnings of the recovery that FDR is credited with. As a previous reviewer noted, the parallels between Hoover's era and what we are experiencing today are numerous and somewhat frightening. This is a visit definitely worth making; although we did stay entirely at the Library and didn't go to the Hoover birthplace exhibit.

1  Thank docj9000
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Reviewed 15 June 2011

Hoover's life is well presented in this inspiring museum. Even those who denigrate his performance as president should be impressed with his success as a mining engineer and inspired by his volunteer relief efforts. Chronologically arranged displays are easy to follow.

While the museum and library cost $6, the National Historic Site is free. Do not miss the Herbert Hoover birthplace cottage. Marvel at just how small it is.

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