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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 14 February 2012

located in a Christopher Wren Church carefully moved and reconstructed. The interactive museum is located in the basement. Located on the campus of Westminster College in Fulton MO. the site of Churchill's famous Iron Curtain Address. Westminster has been the site of several addresses by international figures and also has a section of the Berlin Wall.

Good for older children and adults. The museum generally also has a special exhibit.

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Reviewed 13 January 2012

Museum and memorial is well worth the trip, our son has been enrolled at Westminster college for four years, and we have enjoyed functions in memorial and the wonderful church that the musuem is housed under.

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Reviewed 9 January 2012

This is a national museum. The facilty is built below a 14th century church that was dismantled brought from England. The museum is interactive and fabulous. We've been many times and try to go every time we're in town. The facility is that amazing, plus the traveling exhibits are very good as well. They have a reciprocal agreement with many other museums which is a tremendous benefit for the cost.
Downsides? The gift shop could offer wider selection of gifts, the staff could be more informative about Fulton and surrounding events and attractions. there was a large celebration downtown and the staff had no idea what was going on, it was almost like they didn't live in Fulton. Also, not sure about the relationship with Westminster but I would guess it's rocky at best.

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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.

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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.

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