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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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2018 vacation stop

After going by the signs for many years on our way to Texas Or Arizona, we decided to make this a... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
From a Small Town to the Big Screen

This museum is just a gem. It's a new building, and they did a wonderful job with the facility. A... read more

Reviewed 4 weeks ago
Lawrence, Kansas
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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 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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  • Average15%
  • Poor2%
  • Terrible1%
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205 S. John Wayne Drive, Winterset, IA 50273-1904
+1 515-462-1044
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

After going by the signs for many years on our way to Texas Or Arizona, we decided to make this a destination. Price seems high but it is a small town and traffic must be slow at times. We paid our money and then was...More

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This museum is just a gem. It's a new building, and they did a wonderful job with the facility. A bronze statue of Duke is out front to greet you, and from the moment you enter through the gift shop, the folks are so welcoming,...More

Thank KansasExplorer5115
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

When we first visited the birthplace of legend John Wayne, the museum wasn't yet built. We enjoyed just seeing the house, which we saw again as we were happy to take our family to see it. We enjoyed the museum as we were seeing it...More

Thank TravelingCriticChic
Reviewed 3 January 2018

Loved the musuem! As you walk in, you walk into the gift shop with some really great pictures and great gifts. Once you pay you can go into a movie theater with a bunch of movies posters all over and listen and watch a great...More

Thank Dyngus
Reviewed 20 December 2017

I was on a grand tour of Iowa and couldn't help but stop at the Birthplace of "the Duke" (he got his nickname from his dog). The museum begins with an opening movie that provides good insight into John Wayne's acting roles over the years....More

Thank NKyAdventurer
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Reviewed 11 November 2017 via mobile

The museum is very new and exceptionally organized! All memorabilia is clearly labeled and covers a wide variety of his movie roles. The opening 10 minute video was particularly well done - interesting perspectives rather than dull facts/timeline. The admission includes seeing the house he...More

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Reviewed 10 November 2017 via mobile

I will be returning to Winterset. I came to visit the John Wayne Museum. That stop was very enjoyable...an extremely well put together Museum with authentic memorabilia. If you loved the Duke you should pause here to pay homage! The town of Winterset is reminiscent...More

Thank tntharoldson
Reviewed 7 November 2017

Everyone has heard of the actor John Wayne (The Duke), but fewer have heard of Marion Robert Morrison, his name when he was born in this four-room house in Winterset, Iowa. There are two components to this complex, the actual house where Marion was born...More

Thank Kenneth L
Reviewed 5 November 2017

We visited the museum during a trip through Madison County. It is a pretty neat place. I didn't realize that the Duke was born in Winterset until we were there. He didn't spend much of his life there, but it is a great place dedicated...More

Thank glhenry
Reviewed 2 November 2017 via mobile

We had been to the John Wayne museum about a year ago. We were so impressed that we went back, taking a group of friends with us. I was just as in awe this time. A great museum to celebrate John Wayne's career and life....More

Thank reindeerlvr
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Linda W
6 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
Doug M
13 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.
9 September 2016|
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Response from Oldtravellers50 | Reviewed this property |
We used Google maps on our cell phones and it took us there with no problems, right to the front door.