Basic Information

Permits & Reservations

Reserve picnic shelters, book field trips, and apply for special use permits.

110 Parkside Drive
West Branch, IA 52358

Take exit 254 off Interstate 80 to West Branch, Iowa. The Visitor Center is 0.3 mile north of Interstate 80.

Operating Hours

The Visitor Center and historic buildings are open daily from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., except on Thanksgiving Day, December 25, and January 1. The loop road from the Presidential Library and Museum to the Gravesite and picnic shelters, and the Village Green Parking Lot (on Parkside Drive across from the Visitor Center) are closed to vehicles and parking from 10:00 p.m. to 6:00 a.m. The grounds of the historic site are open 24 hours.

Standard Hours

  • Sunday: Open 24 hours
  • Monday: Open 24 hours
  • Tuesday: Open 24 hours
  • Wednesday: Open 24 hours
  • Thursday: Open 24 hours
  • Friday: Open 24 hours
  • Saturday: Open 24 hours

Spring and fall are mild with moderate temperatures. Average high temperatures in the spring and fall are between 50° and 60° F, with lows from 40° F to 50° F. Summer is hot and humid with average highs around 85° F. Winter can be cold, windy, and snowy with highs averaging 30° F or lower. Rain and thunderstorms are most frequent in the spring and summer.

Entrance Fees:

Entrance Fees - $0.00

Herbert Hoover National Historic Site charges no fee to enter. Admission to the Herbert Hoover Presidential Library and Museum costs $10.00 for adults with discounts for seniors, children, active and retired military, and college students. Free federal recreational lands passes (Access, Military, and 4th Grade passes) are issued at the Visitor Center.

Visitor Center

Start your visit at the Visitor Center, where you can pick up the park map and guide. Park rangers are available to answer questions and help you get oriented. Exhibits and a 12-minute film tell about Herbert Hoover's childhood in West Branch and his later involvement in developing the park which commemorates his life. Books, educational items, and gifts are available for purchase.


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Voice: 319-643-2541
Fax: 319-643-7864
TTY: 319-643-2594

Last updated: December 23, 2016

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Mailing Address:

P.O. Box 607
West Branch, IA 52358


(319) 643-2541

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