• An open vista frames two white grave stone and a flag in the distance with a white cottage in the foreground.

    Herbert Hoover

    National Historic Site Iowa

Plan Your Visit

Like the small town of the 31st president's early childhood, Herbert Hoover National Historic Site may be explored on foot in less than a day. Buildings from President Hoover's boyhood stand side by side with monuments to his achievements. The president's modest birthplace, his presidential library, and final resting place together recall what Hoover called "the unbounded opportunity of American life."

Directions

Herbert Hoover National Historic Site is at 110 Parkside Drive, West Branch, Iowa 52358. Take exit 254 on Interstate 80 to West Branch, Iowa. Get directions »

Operating Hours and Seasons

Buildings are open daily from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., except on Thanksgiving Day, December 25, and January 1. The grounds of the historic site are open 24 hours. Read more »

Fees and Reservations

There is no charge to visit Herbert Hoover National Historic Site. Admission to the Herbert Hoover Presidential Library and Museum is $6.00 for adults and $3.00 for senior citizens. Picnic shelters and group tours may be reserved. Some activities require a permit. Read more »

Accessibility

Find out about accessibility of facilities at Herbert Hoover National Historic Site. Read more »

Things To Do

Your visit begins at the Visitor Center. The Birthplace Cottage, Gravesite, Presidential Library and Museum, and other historic places are among the landscape of historic buildings, exhibits, and natural areas commemorating the life of Herbert Hoover. Check out the schedule of events and nearby attractions to plan your visit. Read more »

Things To Know Before You Come

Know about weather, safety, how to visit responsibly, and where to find goods and services. Read more »

Brochures

Park brochures may be downloaded for free. Get brochures »

Did You Know?

Hoover's birthplace as it appeared before restoration: a two-story white frame house.

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...