All You Need to Know About the Woodrow Wilson Presidential Library

During your trip to historic Staunton, VA, go back in time and learn about the life and times of our 28th President of the United States. How can you do this? By visiting the birthplace of Woodrow Wilson at the Woodrow Wilson Presidential Library and Museum. To learn about how to make the most out of your trip to this fascinating museum, read on. 

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All About the Woodrow Wilson Presidential Library

"A man's rootage is more important than his leafage." - Woodrow Wilson

This complex is located in historic downtown Staunton and contains the birthplace of Woodrow Wilson, known as the “Manse,” which is now a museum. Spend the day perusing the galleries throughout the museum and discover the interesting history of the Wilson family’s early years, his eventful presidency, suffrage, prohibition, and World War I. There is also a research library, gift shop, and picturesque gardens on site.

Must-See Exhibits

Education is the core mission of the Woodrow Wilson Presidential Library and Museum. You’ll love exploring the various exhibits throughout the museum, such as:

  • President Woodrow Wilson’s restored 1919 Pierce-Arrow Limousine
  • World War I Trench Exhibit 
  • Wilson’s Birthplace - The Presbyterian Manse
  • Authentic Weapons and Uniforms
  • And More!

Tickets and Tours

Make the most out of your visit to the Woodrow Wilson Presidential Library and purchase a ticket for a guided tour. Tickets for all tours may be purchased in-person at The President's Shop or online. These educational tours include: 

  • General Tour
  • Adult Group Tour
  • Wilson and Slavery Tour
  • Behind the Scenes Tour
  • Private Tour
  • Student Field Trips

Annual Special Events

Throughout the year, there is an array of special events held at the library for the public to attend. When you visit Staunton, be sure to check and see if any events will be going on that you’d be happy to participate. Some of the special events include:

  • Bootlegger’s Ball - January 
  • Party in the Garden – June
  • Woolly Weekend/Archaeology Day – October
  • December Education Station: Holiday Traditions – December
  • Coffee with the Curator – throughout the year

Stay in an Iconic Hotel: The Blackburn Inn

As you visit Staunton, you’ll want to stay in the best accommodations possible. The service and quality that you’ll find at The Blackburn Inn are insurmountable. Our hotel is conveniently located and offers you easy access to the very best that the city has to offer. From historic museums to delectable dining to hiking in Shenandoah National Park, you’ll fall in love with all that this area has to offer. 

When you stay in one of our Queen Suites, you’ll enjoy an experience of authentic Virginia luxury. These spacious three-part suites offer a beautifully designed bedroom complemented by a comfortable living room, equipped with a sofa bed that can be converted into a full-sized sleeper. Take advantage of the added space and segmented living quarters to truly make this accommodation your home away from home in Staunton. What are you waiting for? Check our availability and start planning your trip to Staunton today!