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“Interesting museum which brings Churchill and his legacy to America’s heartland”

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 18 April 2012

We had been meaning to visit this museum for some time and were glad we finally did. The museum is here in the middle of Missouri at Westminster College in Fulton to commemorate the fact that in 1946, the former British Prime Minister and wartime leader accepted the small college’s invitation to present a speech here. The oration itself is famous because in it, Churchill coined the term “iron curtain” to describe the Soviet Union. Museum exhibits document the life and achievements of Churchill, with emphasis on his roles in World Wars I and II. Also on display are mementos and kitsch bearing his likeness, as well as his brushes and painting equipment. The museum, which also includes a gift shop of Churchill memorabilia (but no embroidered patch, dammit!), is located in the basement of the Church of St. Mary of the Virgin, previously of Aldermanbury, England. Brought here and reassembled stone by stone, the 14th century church was redesigned in 1677 by Sir Christopher Wren after it was destroyed in the Great Fire of London and was later struck by a German bomb during World War II. The church, which features magnificent arched windows, serves as a reminder of Churchill’s historic visit. Near the church and museum are two sculptures of the great man and a piece called “Breakthrough,” which was created from a portion of the Berlin Wall by Churchill’s granddaughter, Edwina Sandys. It was presented to the college in 1990 in a dedication which included a speech by Ronald Reagan. If you have an interest in history, this museum is well worth visiting.

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Reviewed 6 March 2012

It was a lot of information and a lot to read, so I just browsed through most of it. There are certainly interesting exhibits, but it seemed like overwhelming to me.

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Reviewed 1 March 2012

Outstanding exhibit tells the story of Winston Churchill's life in an approachable, lively way. The museum is superbly designed, with lots of interactive exhibits, short film clips, etc. Easily held my attention, and I ended up staying for nearly four hours. Children would find much to entertain them as well. Such a surprise to find this fabulous spot in a tiny Midwestern town.

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Reviewed 26 February 2012

The church is beautiful! Although it's one of Christopher Wren's more simplistic designs on the outside, the inside is gorgeous! The museum and library itself are very informational and always have a new exhibit whenever I visit. A great piece of history to explore!

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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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