Experience Historic Staunton, Virginia: The Birthplace of Woodrow Wilson, Our 28th President
Visit The Museum
Come explore the life and times of President Woodrow Wilson in historic downtown Staunton, Virginia. Retrace the inspiring journey of our 28th President as you tour our galleries which explore Wilson's early years, his eventful presidency, suffrage, prohibition and World War I. Make sure to visit our beautiful gardens and our gift shop.
Explore Our Collections
The President's restored 1919 Pierce-Arrow Limousine is a highlight of the museum. Immerse yourself in the state-of–the-art World War I Trench exhibit complete with lights and sound to experience what life was like for soldiers as they engaged in battle. See authentic weapons and uniforms as you discover the unforgettable story of the doughboys.
Research Your Next Project
Education is the core mission of the Woodrow Wilson Presidential Library and Museum. For students and scholars alike, we endeavor to cultivate a passion for history, stimulate reflection and encourage discussion about important historical issues. We are committed to reaching out into our community and to the world at large with programming that preserves Woodrow Wilson's legacy and ideals of international cooperation, world peace, and informed citizenship.
“The world must be made safe for democracy. Its peace must be planted on the tested foundations political liberty. We have no selfish ends to serve. We seek no identities for ourselves, no material compensation for the sacrifices we shall freely make. We are but one of the champions of the rights of mankind”
~ President Wilson's message on behalf of mankind
The Woodrow Wilson Presidential Library is pleased to present an exhibit “Sons of Staunton: The Statler Brothers”. Just as Staunton is the birthplace of the 28th President of the United States, it is also the birthplace of the award winning County Music Hall of Fame members The Statler Brothers. The exhibit will include items such as costumes, shoes (designed by bass singer Harold Reid who holds the patent for them) , instruments (including the guitar used in the filming of “Smokey and the Bandit II”), audio system components, street signs, drafts of the Statler Brothers Shows, concert paraphernalia, handwritten manuscripts, and props from the Statler Brothers show on the Nashville Network.
Did you know Woodrow Wilson liked Magic? He even invited Harry to the White House – Harry Houdini that is! Come celebrate another special boy wizard and learn all about magic through the eyes of our 28th president.
Join a special guided tour, developed by curator Andrew Phillips, focusing on the experiences of the enslaved people who lived and labored in the Presbyterian Manse where Woodrow Wilson was born.