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John Wayne Birthplace & Museum

205 S. John Wayne Drive, Winterset, IA 50273-1904
+1 515-462-1044
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For John Wayne fans, this is a must stop. Be sure to take in the short movie before entering the... read more

Reviewed 6 days ago
travelvaluetours
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Justin, Texas
Yep, I took my 3 Teenagers and Loved It!

This is a REALLY nice museum dedicated to The Duke. The workers were helpful, there is a cute gift... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Heather S
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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, artwork and sculpture--even one of his customized automobiles. Admission includes the Museum, a visit to 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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205 S. John Wayne Drive, Winterset, IA 50273-1904
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+1 515-462-1044
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Reviewed 6 days ago

For John Wayne fans, this is a must stop. Be sure to take in the short movie before entering the museum,

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Reviewed 1 week ago

This is a REALLY nice museum dedicated to The Duke. The workers were helpful, there is a cute gift shop, love the movie theatre with the movie posters and the museum. Still can't believe his car is in there. We all learned a lot and...More

Thank Heather S
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Reviewed 1 week ago

You can tell this collection was put together with great care, love and respect. It is small, but it is a gem and well worth visiting. I loved the video review of all his movies, too!

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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Duke! John Wayne was my hero when I was a kid. I was convinced I was going to be a Marine just like him in the movies (instead I got drafted in the Army). Very informative museum and the short movies shown in the theater...More

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Reviewed 1 week ago

My daughter and I are huge John Wayne fans, the museum was amazing as was the staff. everyone who worked there the two days we were visiting were so nice and helpful.my daughter and I visited the gift shop numerous times and every time we...More

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

The museum was full of interesting facts along with a video that ran every 15 minutes. The workers were so knowledgeable about the museum and everything in Winterset. The birthplace sits next door to the museum and there was a hostess that told you his...More

Thank Deborah S
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

My dad was a huge John Wayne fan; he passed away 6 weeks ago. My daughter's qualified for the Jr Olympics so we took a ride out the the John Wayne Museum and Home. Enjoyed the 11 minute movie in the museum. Enjoyed the hand...More

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

House that John Wayne was born in is amazing The museum is good gift shop good But was very very let down with the film show that was shown it had nothing on it from his early years in Winterset or how he became a...More

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Open 7 days a week, visited on a Sunday afternoon, very well kept and reasonable pricing. Very informative, museum was a little lacking in exhibits, although the lady giving the tour of the home he was born in made up for it. Great Time!

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

My partner and I stumbled upon this place while on a road trip. Fantastic short film about the duke. Beautiful statue outside. Then a short walk to wear he was born. The house is just down the road. Definitely worth a stop n look.

Thank enncle
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Tom W
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
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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
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Doug M
12 September 2016|
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Response from Oldtravellers50 | Reviewed this property |
The cost of admission was $15 for adults and $14 for senior citizens. I am not sure how much they charged for children because no one with children was there when we were.
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