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John Wayne Birthplace & Museum

Open today: 10:00 - 17:00
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we came to see the Bridge over Madison County but liked the John Wanyer Birthplace as well!

My youngest son's name is John Wayne sooo we wanted to see this museum. John was born the years... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Sheila D
Bradford, New Hampshire
Nice stop

Was a nice stop. His childhood home was the most interesting because of the very informative... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Lucy S
Eau Claire, Wisconsin
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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...more
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205 S. John Wayne Drive, Winterset, IA 50273-1904
+1 515-462-1044
Most Helpful Positive Review
Reviewed 14 June 2015

We were travelling fron Grinnell to Omaha on our road trip when we came upon the sign for this by accident. As a person of a certain age who grew up watching Duke I couldn't just carry on by. So we set off on a...More

3  Thank Saint100
Most Helpful Critical Review
Reviewed 10 June 2015

I am a huge John Wayne Fan and have to his birthplace in Winterset IA many times. I went there while on a trip to Des Moines to see the new facility that just opened in May. The new museum building is beautiful and is...More

6  Thank Chuck D
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Reviewed 1 week ago

My youngest son's name is John Wayne sooo we wanted to see this museum. John was born the years John Wayne died his father was named after John Wayne and Gary Cooper so it seemed the right thing to do. I don't believe he was...More

Thank Sheila D
Reviewed 1 week ago

Was a nice stop. His childhood home was the most interesting because of the very informative guide. Was a little expensive for the tickets but would have regretted not stopping.

Thank Lucy S
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

This museum is worth the visit. We enjoyed the introductory video that was narrated by his daughter. It made all of us want to go watch a John Wayne movie. The museum was worth seeing and so was his birthplace. The curator at the birthplace...More

Thank Paula1126
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

John Wayne has long been my favorite actor so it was a delight when my husband secretly arranged a trip to Winterset, IA and the John Wayne Museum and birthplace. The museum is beautifully done, interesting, a very special tribute to a very special man....More

Thank Linda K
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Winterset, Iowa, is the humble beginnings birthplace of John Wayne, arguably Hollywood’s greatest screen star. Winterset is a small town just SE of Des Moines, Iowa. It is in Madison County, the place featured in Clint Eastwood’s, “The Bridges of Madison County”. A trip to...More

Thank konedog4
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Very well done. Lots of memorabilia and wax and bronze statues of a wonderful man. The house he was born in was interesting and modest. Well stocked gift shop available. Really enjoyed it. The short movie about his life and movies was neat.

Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

We so enjoyed our visit to the John Wayne Museum! Your ticket allows you to see the film about John Wayne at the gift shop /ticket counter, the museum, and the John Wayne birthplace home, all within close distance to each other. The museum is...More

Thank 2doglady
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Used to watch John Wayne films as a child but not a fan as such. Found the museum really interesting and learnt a lot about John Wayne. The staff were very friendly. His actual birth house is just round the corner, which is all part...More

Thank VegasBaby1964
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

My mom was a huge fan of John Wayne so I grew up watching his movies. This is a great place to visit if you liked him. Very nice people and great memorabilia.

Thank createandcapturelife
Reviewed 8 October 2018 via mobile

A small museum that has some very cool stuff. Maureen Ohara has donated a few things from the Quiet Man which are a wonderful addition. Letters that he had written or received are there along with several firearms used in his movies. Take the time...More

Thank rkbottens
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Trent B
14 September 2018|
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Response from Wayne D | Property representative |
The John Wayne Birthplace & Museum is one 7 days a week, 10:00 am to 5:00 pm. A visit to the Birthplace home is included with the price of admission. The grounds are always open you you may visit the staTue in front of the... More
4 May 2018|
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Response from TravelingCriticChic | Reviewed this property |
About 1-2 hours. The film in the museum is short, but great. The artifacts are a lot to look at, so you can take your time, or breeze through, depending on what you're interested in doing. The house is small, but you will be... More
Linda W
5 September 2017|
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Response from Wayne D | Property representative |
Le Claire is on the Mississippi River (the eastern edge of Iowa). The most direct route would be west on Interstate 80 to Van Meter, Iowa (exit 110), about 195 miles. Then south on Hwy. 169 about 14 miles to Winterset. The... More