Exhibits

Aug 20, 2021

Due to an increase in COVID-19 cases in Johnson and Cedar Counties, Iowa, the National Archives and Records Administration has closed the Herbert Hoover Presidential Library and Museum in West Branch beginning Monday, August 23, 2021. We are making every effort to continue providing essential services and respond to inquiries at hoover.library@nara.gov. Our E-Store services are suspended until our staff are able to work on-site. We apologize for any inconvenience and appreciate your understanding. Read more.
 

Exhibits
 

Temporary Exhibits  
Viva Hoover! The 1928 Goodwill Tour

On display upon reopening.
An exhibit highlighting the Goodwill Tour in Latin America that president-elect Herbert Hoover took in 1928. 

The trip was deemed a call of friendship in which president-elect Herbert Hoover visited with officials from Honduras, Salvador, Nicaragua, Costa Rica, Ecuador, Peru, Bolivia, Chile, Argentina, Uruguay, and Brazil. The trip was to symbolize the friendly visit of one good neighbor to another. 

The exhibit will contain gifts, artifacts, photos and film footage from all of the stops on the trip. As well as showcase time spent aboard the USS Maryland and USS Utah. Read more.

 

Online Exhibit

World War I Belgian Embroidered Flour Sacks

Conquering World Hunger
Herbert Hoover, Harry Truman and the Food Crisis After World War II

Christmas With the Hoovers

 

Exhibit App

Download our App! Enjoy your own private museum guide as the app welcomes you and provides orientation videos. Be guided through the life story of Herbert Hoover, as well as past and present temporary exhibits. Test your knowledge in scavenger hunts, view additional photos or videos that are not currently displayed and check back often for new content. https://hoover.stqry.app/

 

Permanent Galleries
The Hoover Story

Visitors to the Herbert Hoover Presidential Library and Museum begin their tour of the permanent galleries in a rotunda area where a 16 foot red granite map of the world contains 57 brass sheaves of wheat – one in every country where Herbert Hoover fed people. Eight foot glass etched portraits mounted on the rotunda walls depict “the Great Humanitarian” from West Branch at the start and near the end of his fifty years of public service.

The exhibits in the Museum galleries tell the life and times of Hoover from his birth, to his life as an engineer, Secretary of Commerce, President of the United States, and his post-presidential work.  Select the photos below to further explore the exhibits.