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The National Churchill Museum

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Address: 501 Westminster Ave, Fulton, MO 65251-1299 (Formerly Winston Churchill Memorial and Library)
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+1 573-592-5369
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10:00 - 16:30
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Sun - Sat 10:00 - 16:30
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In 1946 it was at Westminster College that Winston Churchill delivered one...

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.

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Fascinating bit of history in this small Missouri town

This Sir Christopher Wren church, that had been gutted during World War II in London, was carefully marked stone by stone and moved to Fulton, MO. It was then rebuilt like a jig... read more

Reviewed 6 days ago
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Granbury, Texas
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Granbury, Texas
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Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

This Sir Christopher Wren church, that had been gutted during World War II in London, was carefully marked stone by stone and moved to Fulton, MO. It was then rebuilt like a jig saw puzzle. It was here at Westminster College that Winston Churchill, in 1946, made his famous "Iron Curtain speech". The church has been restored, and services are... More 

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

What a great and historic place to visit. The building is beautiful and the museum underneath is great. It is part of an old school which was founded in 1851. There are walking areas around the campus of Westminster College. There is a shop at the school to buy sweat shirts and other little items. Take the time to view... More 

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Baltimore, Maryland
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

It's rather a fluke that Winston Churchill gave one of his most important speeches at this small college in Missouri -- but they have done a fabulous job memorializing that visit and Churchill himself. The museum exhibition covers all of Churchill's life and times and is extremely well done, including many of his personal possessions and paintings. Even more astounding,... More 

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Columbia, Missouri
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Reviewed 11 April 2017

take a couple of hours because it will take a while great historical site definitely visit the church brought over from England

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Thank hhrealty
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Reviewed 10 April 2017

Awesome museum for history buffs. Church is also a main attraction in this small college town. Lots of artifacts from Winston Churchhill and tons of audio/visual accounts of his life. Great family outing.

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Thank togetheratast
St. Louis, Missouri, USA
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Reviewed 18 March 2017

Very interesting museum about Churchill underneath a Wren-designed church that was brought over from England. A large part of the Berlin Wall ( this is the location of the famous "Iron Curtain" speech. Cute little town, as well.

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Kansas City
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Reviewed 4 March 2017

This is a beautiful church designed by Christopher Wren that dates back to the 17th century. It was burnt during the blitz bombing in London during WW ll. It was moved here in the 1960's. It has an original tracker organ which we were delighted to hear played. It also features an original Wren pulpit which is beautiful. It sit... More 

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Reviewed 4 March 2017

Not knowing what to expect it surpassed expectations. The interaction between Churchill, President Truman and others was documented by letter and photos. Interesting insights into a by-gone era. What we found very interesting is that Churchill in lieu of a speakers fee asked for a small painting by Thomas Hart Benton. He mentioned that his place was small and modest... More 

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Palatine, Illinois
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Reviewed 22 February 2017

This is a great way to learn about Churchill without going to England. I had recently read a biography of Churchill so I knew many of the highlights here. That said they did a great job laying out the information in a way that all ages would enjoy. I loved actually seeing the hand written "Iron Curtain" speech. I also... More 

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Arnold, Missouri
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Reviewed 18 February 2017 via mobile

It was interesting. Lots of history. There is a piece of the Berlin Wall on the property. That was cool.

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