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John Wayne Birthplace & Museum

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Address: 205 S 1st St, Winterset, IA 50273-1904
Phone Number: +1 515-462-1044
10:00 - 17:00
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Sun - Sat 10:00 - 17:00

Tour the modest 4-room home where John Wayne was born, and visit the John...

Tour the modest 4-room home where John Wayne was born, and visit the John Wayne Birthplace Museum featuring the largest diversified exhibit of John Wayne artifacts in existence, including original movie posters, film wardrobe, scripts, letters, artwork and sculpture--even one of his customized automobiles. Admission includes the Museum, a guided tour of the Birthplace house, and a small theater with a documentary on John Wayne's life, with a special welcome by his daughter Aissa.

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A must for fans

If your a fan of John Wayne you have to visit. The house is very small but you get a lady give you a quick story about his life. It clears up where he got his name from. The... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 2 weeks ago
John W
Salisbury, United Kingdom

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Hibbing, Minnesota
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

John Wayne museum is worth a visit if you are anywhere near Winterset! The ladies who work the place are fantastic!!

Thank Erik W
Salisbury, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

If your a fan of John Wayne you have to visit. The house is very small but you get a lady give you a quick story about his life. It clears up where he got his name from. The museum is small but has a very nice collection to view. It's free to veterans or serving military. There is a... More 

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Concord, North Carolina, United States
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Growing up admiring the Duke on film led to my visit while in Iowa. Details of his personal life, letters to individuals in power, and props from movies he starred in was the tip of the iceberg in my visit. Seeing his childhood home and educating myself of his flight growing up lent to a new perspective of this icon.... More 

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Chicago, Illinois
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I'm not into motion pictures like my old and late and beloved colleague Roger Ebert. I'm a Civil War buff. But my library has room for a lot of books on John Wayne and Clint Eastwood. I've loved their movies since my father took my brother and I to see "shoot 'em ups" in the 1950s. Be honest, did you... More 

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St Paul, MN
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Since we were in Winterset looking for covered bridges. We has to find John Wayne's birthplace, it's a small house. But it was fun just finding it and taking a picture.

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Helena, MT
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

You might come here for the bridges or because of the popular book and movie. You might come here because the Red Delicios Apple was created here, who knew But, there is this little house where John Wayne was born. Who knew he was from Iowa but then again so was Calamity Jane Worth a trip to see if you... More 

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St. Louis
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 October 2016 via mobile

My dad was a major John Wayne fan. When my dad passed away, I purchased a memorial brick for him at the museum. We finally were able to go see it in person. I am a fan also, the museum was amazing and the staff were so friendly. I hope to return again in the future.

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Yankton, South Dakota
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 October 2016

John Wayne is an American icon!! How could someone come to the bridges of Madison County to recreate the romance of Meryl Streep and Clint Eastwood and not remember Rooster Cogburn. Once again I enjoyed this museum and walking through this life.

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Council Bluffs, Iowa
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 October 2016

We enjoyed the museum and the visit to John Wayne's birthplace. The museum is pretty small, but they have a fairly good selection of memorabilia. Just thought it was a bit pricey.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 October 2016

This site consists of two separate buildings, located within a short walk from each other. The house where John Wayne was born is small and simple, unlike the man. After all, he was a 13 lb baby. And then he grew up. If the house was the entire museum it would be pretty underwhelming, a non-descript 19th century building on... More 

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