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John Wayne Birthplace & Museum

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Address: 205 S. John Wayne Drive, Winterset, IA 50273
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+1 515-462-1044
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Sun - Sat 10:00 - 17:00
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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 18 November 2016
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Salisbury, United Kingdom

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Brisbane, Australia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We happened upon this museum as we drove around the Madison County (yes, the one with the bridges) and we thoroughly enjoyed it! The film tribute was great and the Wayne artefacts were cool to see. Loved his big old station wagon! Guns, letters, photos and some film props were interesting also. Visiting the actual house he was born in... More 

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Manchester, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 December 2016

I didn't know what to expect as I wanted to experience it rather than read up on it. We visited on a glorious weather day in November. I don't think I could ever get tired of seeing the statue of John Wayne out there in front. It's a lovely memorial of him. I'm not much of a Western movie fan... More 

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Hibbing, Minnesota
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 December 2016 via mobile

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

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Salisbury, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 November 2016

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 14 November 2016

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 8 November 2016

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 6 November 2016 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 3 November 2016

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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