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“A Fascinating Slice of History, Very Well-Presented”

The National Churchill Museum
Ranked #1 of 6 things to do in Fulton
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Recommended length of visit: <1 hour
Owner description: In 1946 it was at Westminster College that Winston Churchill delivered one of the most significant speeches of his long and illustrious career. That address, formally entitled, The Sinews of Peace, but best known for that evocative phrase, An Iron Curtain has descended across the Continent, effectively marked the beginning of the Cold War and linked, forever, Fulton and Westminster College with Winston Churchill.In the 1960s Westminster College set out to mark what would be the 40th anniversary of Churchill's visit. After due consideration to traditional modes of commemoration, Westminster College settled on the rather more ambitious notion of moving a Christopher Wren designed Church from London. This Church, St. Mary the Virgin Aldermanbury, had stood in London since 1677 when it replaced an earlier structure that had sat on the same site since the 12th century. This magnificent building, badly damaged during the London Blitz, was moved stone by stone to Westminster's campus and rebuilt to Wren's original specifications.Beneath this Church is the National Churchill Museum itself which through the imaginative and innovative use of technology bring to life the story of Winston Churchill and the world he knew. Recently rebuilt form the ground up the new displays and the permanent exhibition, together with host of associated historical and cultural activities that support it was recognized the by the United States Congress as America's permanent tribute to this great man and formally recognized as America's National Churchill Museum.
Reviewed 20 October 2011

We had long heard of Winston Churchill's Iron Curtain speech in Fulton and had an inkling that Harry Truman had something to do with the venue. As with an earlier reviewer, we expected to stop for a few minutes and spent two hours. Besides the speech itself, the museum covers Sir Winston's pedigree, several careers, and the period of time through which he lived, especially World War II. The displays are quite imaginative, well-conceived, and interactive (without being gimmicky). The Church of St Mary the Virgin, Aldermanbury -- built in the 12th century, rebuilt in the 17th century by Christopher Wrenn, destroyed in the blitz during World War II, and reconstructed in Fulton in the 1960s -- is an unexpected plus. And, yes, President Truman was instrumental in bringing the (former) Prime Minister to Missouri. Certainly worth a stop -- or a detour.

Thank Virginiatravelerstwo
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Reviewed 12 September 2011

I'm not a museum person, but this place kept my attention. It's not real big and you could cruise through it quicky if desired. I had expected to do that, but stayed for two hours. So many museums are over done and too detailed. This was different. The exhibits and reading stations were laid out and designed such that they kept my attention, not boring me, as they moved me through Churhill's life. A great example is the video of the speech he gave there at Westminster College in Fulton. It was not the entire speech, but a very short video of just the major points of his presentation. It's very well done.
There is also an interesting church on the same site (no additional charge) that was a church in London, disassembled, transported to Fulton, and reassembled as the college chapel.
I'm really glad I got off the highway and stopped.

Thank JSutter
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Reviewed 11 August 2011

This museum is on the campus at Westminster College and I found it to be very interesting even though I'm not a big history person. Very informative and tells about Churchill's life. Also the museum has the history of Church of St Mary The Virgin, Aldermanbury which is upstairs and worth a visit.

Thank cookieladyangel
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Reviewed 29 September 2009

We absolutely loved this !!!! We had found it in the AAA guidebook and they had rated it as a gem so we went and as usual AAA was correct. It is located on the campus of Westminster College which is the college that Winston Churchill made he famous "Iron Curtain" speech on March 5, 1946.

One of the highlights of the museum is seeing the podium that he stood at when he made that speech and watching a film and hearing him deliver it. It gives me the chills just thinking about it. The museum goes through his entire life. We learn about his childhood and his early years in the military during World War 1 and how he climbed the political ladder to eventually become the Prime Minister of England. Of course, that would also include his brilliant leadership through World War 2. Some other highlights include his top hat which is signed by him, F.D.R. and Stalin. There are letters written by his parents to him and many other things that belonged to this great leader. After visiting and learning so much about him that I hadn't known I found myself asking my husband, for the second time during my trip, "Are there any great men like this anymore"? We had previously visited the Eisenhower Library and Museum in Abilene Kansas and the Truman Library and Museum in Independence Missouri.

On the outside and above the museum is the church that was so damaged during the London Blitz in 1940 that it was scheduled to be demolished until Fulton asked that it be shipped to Westminster College so it could be reconstructed as a tribute to Winston Churchill. There is also a very nice statue of Churchill out front. The sculpture called "Breakthrough" is beside the statue and that is made from eight sections of the Berlin Wall. The artist who made the "Breakthrough" sculpture is Edwina Sandys who is the granddaughter of Winston Churchill.

The admission was $6.00 and we spent a good 2 hours inside the museum alone. This was one of the highlights of our trip to Missouri. If you love history don't miss this because you will be sorry.

3  Thank zippy608
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Reviewed 10 September 2006

I had no idea before I arrived in Fulton that this museum even existed. I was taken here by a friend and I am so glad we made the stop. The church that the museum is housed in is lovingly preserved, right down to the original glass in the windows. The woodwork is incredible, and beautifully cared for. It is a very appropriate place to house such important history!

The museum itself is a "must-see" for anyone who is interested in Churchill. Being able to see the commencement address that Churchill made was absolutely wonderful. What an oppurtunity for those students. I wonder if they realize how they were able to touch history?

The museum staff put together superb displays, showing what life was like in England during the war, and they also highlighted many points of Churchill's life. All of this was obviously done with great care, as nothing is redundant or repetitious.

By far, though, my favourite section was the sitting room where you could hear anecdotes about Churchill and also see some of his famous quotes on almost any different subject. Quite an outspoken man was he!

4  Thank Tombow
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