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Address: 300 American Gothic Street, Eldon, IA
Phone Number: +1 641-652-3352
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Sat - Mon 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm

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So Exciting to Visit!

As I was traveling to Des Moines to visit a friend, I realized I was going to be passing by the American Gothic House. How could I possibly turn down a chance to see this... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed March 17, 2015
Cassie W
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Saint Louis, Missouri
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Saint Louis, Missouri
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63 reviews 63 reviews
32 attraction reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2015

As I was traveling to Des Moines to visit a friend, I realized I was going to be passing by the American Gothic House. How could I possibly turn down a chance to see this American Icon? I was expecting to just drive up and see the house and snap a quick picture of the outside, but was surprised to... More 

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Iowa
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181 reviews 181 reviews
51 attraction reviews
99 helpful votes 99 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 11, 2014

If you are traveling through southern Iowa on Highway 34, take a detour to Eldon (Exit 199) and visit a piece of Americana, the American Gothic House. The home has been a private residence so respect must be given for that, but there is a well marked area in front of the house to take pictures and the visitor center... More 

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St. Louis, MO
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170 reviews 170 reviews
63 attraction reviews
76 helpful votes 76 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 22, 2014

The American Gothic House is such a cute, out of the way place to learn a little about the famous house that we are all so familiar with. The museum gives a lot of background information on the artist, Grant Wood, and the famous couple that turned out to be in reality the sister of the artist and his dentist,... More 

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Pinckney, Michigan
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18 reviews 18 reviews
5 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2014

We weren't sure what to expect, but found a great information center and gift shop next to the house. The woman we spoke with was engaging & as sweet as could be. The center is full of history about the house and the artist. It was a great side trip when we got rained out of our planned activity in... More 

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Springfield, Missouri
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127 reviews 127 reviews
12 attraction reviews
42 helpful votes 42 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2014

Yes, the famous house in the painting exists, it's still around, and you can get your photo taken in front of it posing as the famous couple painted by Grant Wood. And it's even educational. I always thought the couple were husband and wife, but it's actually intended to be a farmer and his daughter. You learn the farmer was... More 

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38 reviews 38 reviews
11 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2014

We stopped by after closing time and it was still worth the visit. No gate on the parking lot, so we just parked close by and walked over to small displays in front of the iconic cottage. There is a reproduction of the historic painting (perhaps the most famous American work of art-?) plus information on the models and the... More 

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Geneva, Illinois
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16 reviews 16 reviews
7 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2014

Rather than drive catatonically across Iowa, we opted to take the road less traveled and stop at a few sites. This stop definitely made it worthwhile. The house looks exactly as it should. It's beautifully maintained, but given enough distance from the "museum" that it feels natural. The little museum itself is just the perfect size - gives you a... More 

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Saint Louis, Missouri
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43 reviews 43 reviews
18 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2014

We accidently found this on our way to Des Moines. What a gem. Nice museum, and gift shop. They are very nice there. You can put on clothes so you like the couple in the painting and they will take your pic. We chose not to do that, but did get our pic taken in front of the house. And... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2014

Decided To Check Out American Gothic House .Since I Was At The Sweet Corn Festival In West Point.My Mom And I Figured Why Not.We Were Glad We Did.Just Made It Before The Museum/ Gift Store Closed.We Took Pictures Without Dressing Up.Really I formative Displays.Then We Went To Chief Wapello's Grave Not Far From The Gothic House.It Was A Nice Memorial... More 

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Cantril, Iowa
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28 reviews 28 reviews
5 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2014

Having read previous reviews, I knew that this would not be a wasted trip. But I was pleasantly surprised at how much we ALL enjoyed ourselves. The museum has lots of historical information about the house, the artist, Grant Wood and his sister who was the woman represented in the famous painting. There also is a lot of the satirical... More 

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