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FAQ or Frequently Asked Questions

HOW DO I GET TO THE MUSEUM?

1/4 mile off Interstate 80 at Exit 254. West Branch, Iowa is 10 miles east of Iowa City and 50 miles west of Davenport, Iowa.

IS THERE PARKING?

A large parking lot is located adjacent to the museum where you can park for free.

HOW DO I MAKE RESERVATIONS FOR MY GROUP TO TOUR THE LIBRARY-MUSEUM?

Tour guides are available to groups of twenty or more people. Groups that wish to have guided tours must make reservations in advance. There is no reduced admission price for groups. Please call 319-643-5301 to schedule a group or fill out this request form.

HOW DO I MAKE RESERVATIONS FOR A SCHOOL GROUP TO TOUR THE LIBRARY-MUSEUM?

The Herbert Hoover Library-Museum welcomes schools. Students and teachers are always admitted free of charge. One free chaperons is allowed for every 10 students in attendance. If your class size is 40 you will be allowed four free chaperone's. Home schooled groups will be allowed one free adult per family. Adults are invited and encouraged to tour the museum with their children. If additional chaperons attend they will be charged $6.00 if they are between the ages of 16-61; 62 and over is $3.00.

For information about scheduling a tour you can either call the Museum at 319-643-5301 or fill out this request form. A link to the School Field Trip Guide Book can be found here.

HOW LONG DOES IT TAKE TO TOUR THE LIBRARY-MUSEUM?

The Museum tells the life and times of Herbert Hoover and also features a large temporary gallery with changing exhibits. In the auditorium a twenty minute movie tells Hoover's life story. Outside the museum doors is the Hoover National Historic Site which features Hoover's birthplace cottage, grave-site and period buildings. To experience both the Museum and the National Park please allow 2-3 hours.

ARE THE BUILDING AND EXHIBITS HANDICAP ACCESSIBLE?

Yes, the entire museum, auditorium and park is wheelchair accessible. Visitor drop-off for patrons with disabilities is at the entrance to the Museum. Handicapped parking is available in the lot next to the Museum.

ARE WHEELCHAIRS AND STROLLERS PERMITTED IN THE GALLERIES?

Yes, both are permitted. There are wheelchairs available at the Sales Desk that visitors may check out free of charge on a first-come, first-served basis.

IS FOOD AVAILABLE AT THE MUSEUM?

The only food available is candy and water that is sold in the Museum Gift Shop. There are restaurants in the town of West Branch and visitors are able to have their tickets stamped and then return free of charge.

MAY I TAKE PERSONAL PHOTOGRAPHS INSIDE THE GALLERIES?

Photography is permitted with no flash in the permanent galleries as objects are sensitive to light. No photographs are allowed in the temporary galleries.

ARE THERE RESTROOMS LOCATED INSIDE THE LIBRARY-MUSEUM?

Yes, there are handicap accessible restrooms located in the Museum lobby.

IS THERE A GIFT SHOP AT THE LIBRARY-MUSEUM?

Yes, the Gift Shop is located just off the main lobby. Visitors may also access the Gift Shop from the website. You may visit the Gift Shop without paying admission to the Museum galleries.

WHERE CAN I PARK MY RV, TRAILER OR BUS?

You can unload at the entrance to the Museum. When exiting the drive to the museum take a left and just a few feet down the road on the right is a parking lot that can accommodate these vehicles.

MAY I BRING MY PET TO THE HOOVER LIBRARY-MUSEUM?

No, only working or service animals are allowed inside the Library-Museum. Pets may be outside on the park grounds if they are on a leash.

CAN I CHECK OUT BOOKS AT THIS LIBRARY?

The Hoover Library-Museum is a research facility, housing original papers, photographs, and objects that belonged to the Hoover Administration and family. Material can only be viewed in our Research Room, and no items are available to loan. To speak with an archivist to arrange time to research, please call 319-643-5301.

CAN I HAVE A PARTY AT THE LIBRARY-MUSEUM?

The Hoover Museum has areas that are available for rent for corporate events. Weddings, receptions, birthday/retirement parties, Bar Mitzvahs, etc. cannot be held in the Library-Museum. For more information about renting space at the Museum for a party, please click here.

HOW CAN I VOLUNTEER AT THE LIBRARY-MUSEUM?

The Hoover Museum has many areas to volunteer - please click here for more information.

QUESTIONS THAT YOU CANNOT FIND THE ANSWERS TO:

You can call the Herbert Hoover Presidential Library-Museum, 319-643-5301 or email hoover.library@nara.gov.

 

 



Herbert Hoover Presidential Library and Museum
P.O. Box 488
210 Parkside Drive
West Branch, IA 52358
319-643-5301