Visit Safely

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 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.

Visit Safely

Welcome Back

Our Museum doors are open, effective July 6, 2021.

Timed tickets must be purchased in advance.

Masks are required inside the Museum.

The well-being of our visitors and staff are our top priority. We have adjusted our visitor experience to meet current health and safety guidelines. Each of us plays a role in a safe and successful reopening. Thank you for your patience and commitment to honoring our new safety protocols.



Current Hours 

Monday - Saturday: 10:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.

Last entry at 2:00, museum closes promptly at 3:00 p.m.


The museum exhibits are open to the public. The Gift Shop and Research room remain closed at this time. The buildings on the grounds of the Hoover National Historic Site are open to the public.


Timed entry tickets are required and must be purchased in advance. Groups entering the museum are limited to six people.  If your party is larger than six people, you will need to split into groups of six or less and purchase tickets for different entry times.  You may purchase a maximum of six tickets per entry. 

Adults, 16-61 $10.00
Seniors, 62 and over $5.00
Military with valid ID, active or retired $5.00
College Student with valid ID $5.00
Children, 6-15 $3.00
Children 5 and under Free
Hoover Foundation Members Free
NARA Fdn/NARA Employee Free








Please have your ticket(s) available (either on your phone or printed) for entry and arrive no more than 10 minutes before the scheduled time on your ticket. We will do our best to honor your scheduled ticket time, however entry will be subject to building capacity. Late arrivals cannot be guaranteed entrance into the museum. The museum lobby will not be availabe for waiting or congregating. Please ensure your entire party is together when entering the building.

Masks are required inside the Museum.

Wheelchairs will not be available onsite. 


After you have purchased your tickets, if you are diagnosed with Covid-19, have a fever, or are otherwise symptomatic, please do not visit the museum.  Contact us to reschedule or request a refund.


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COVID-19 Enhanced Safety Measures

While we have implemented advanced health and safety measures, we cannot guarantee any visitor will not contract Covid-19 during their visit. An inherent risk of exposure to Covid-19 exists in public spaces at this time. Museum visitors voluntarily assume all risks related to Covid-19 exposure. In an event of a reported Covid-19 exposure during their visit, the person making the reservation will be notified by the email they provided on their reservation, and that person will be responsible for notifying all members of their party.

Safety Guidelines

Visitors agree to abide by these safety guidelines and all instructions posted in the museum or provided by staff during the visit. If a visitor fails to follow the guidelines and instructions, they may be denied entry or required to leave the premises.

  • If you are sick (or not feeling well) please visit another time.
    For the safety of all staff and visitors, anyone who is sick or has any sign of a respiratory illness should stay home.
  • Face Coverings required for all persons.
    All visitors aged 2 and older must wear a face covering or mask that covers both the nose and mouth. 
  • Entering the Museum
    Visitors must check their temperature before arrival on the day of the timed ticket to confirm that they do not have a fever. If you are not feeling well, please stay home.
  • Bags, backpacks and luggage are prohibited.
    Only one purse or diaper bag will be permitted per visitor.
  • Stay six feet apart.
    For your convenience, floor markers have been installed to indicate directional flow and proper spacing of individuals and groups. Practice social distancing during your visit by staying at least six feet from anyone not in your group. Parties of no more than six will be able to social distance together. Children must stay with adults at all times. Failure to follow social distancing procedures and face covering policy will result in removal from the premises.
  • Enhanced cleaning measures.
    We have enacted enhanced cleanings of the museum and all high-touch areas. Hand sanitizer is available throughout the building.
  • Contact tracing.
    We may share your name and email address with a governmental health authority, should that information be requested for a COVID-19-related reason. If a visitor reports a positive diagnosis with COVID-19 after visiting on a day near your visit, we  will use your contact information to notify you. If you do not want your name or email address used for these purposes, please contact us. The Hoover Presidential Library will not disclose your email address for any other purpose without your permission.
    To enhance the safety and well-being of our community, we ask that anyone testing positive for (or expressing symptoms of) COVID-19 within 5 days of their visit notify us. Other visitors will be notified of potential exposure, but the identity of the person testing positive will not be shared.

Limited Availability

The Museum Gift Shop remains closed at this time.

Souvenir items from the Museum Gift Shop are available for purchase in the museum estore,


We are currently not scheduling any groups or guided tours.