Fees and Reservations
School groups may visit Herbert Hoover National Historic Site and the Herbert Hoover Presidential Library and Museum free of charge.
April, May, September, and October are the busiest months for field trips. Please schedule early in the year to ensure your preferred date and time are available. Reserve your school tour by calling the Presidential Library and Museum at (319) 643-5301 or by e-mailing Kathy Meyer. Once your reservation is confirmed you will receive a confirmation package.
Most field trips last about 3 hours and 45 minutes, including:
You may substitute a 30-minute self-guided prairie walk for the 15-minute gravesite visit. The prairie walk follows trails through the 81-acre tallgrass prairie and ends at the Hoovers' gravesite.
You may choose to participate in all of these activities, or omit any based on your preference or time constraints. Guided tours are available Monday through Friday starting at 9:00 a.m.
School groups are welcome to visit the National Historic Site and the Presidential Library and Museum for self-guided tours, but are encouraged to make advanced reservations to avoid conflicts with other groups.
Curriculum materials may help you and your class make the most of your field trip. HEHO! Activity Worksheets and Activities (PDF file), for elementary school classes, and Herbert Hoover: From Iowa to the World (PDF file), for middle school classes, have suggested activities for before, during, and after your visit.
Did You Know?
Herbert Hoover's birthplace was a tourist attraction as early as 1928. Jennie Scellers, the house's owner, charged 10 cents for tours and set up a souvenir stand on her lawn. More...