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Address: 300 American Gothic Street, Eldon, IA
Phone Number: +1 641-652-3352
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Tue - Fri 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Sat - Mon 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm

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Great Find!

My friend and I discovered his treasure by accident while returning home from a cross-country road trip. So glad we did. Seeing the house was cool enough, but a trip into the... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed April 19, 2015
Lisa P
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Minneapolis, Minnesota
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Minneapolis, Minnesota
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21 reviews 21 reviews
9 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 19, 2015

My friend and I discovered his treasure by accident while returning home from a cross-country road trip. So glad we did. Seeing the house was cool enough, but a trip into the visitor's center really made the visit, That staff was so friendly, helpful and fun! One of the women took our photos (pitchfork included) in front of the famous... More 

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Rock Island, Illinois
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7 reviews 7 reviews
6 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 26, 2015

Although we arrived too late to enter the visitor's center it was worth the trip indeed! Just being able to see a piece of world famous Americana was really cool! We will definitely return again... this time when the center is open! Even with the center closed you can still access a patio area in front of the house with... More 

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Saint Louis, Missouri
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67 reviews 67 reviews
34 attraction reviews
29 helpful votes 29 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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193 reviews 193 reviews
56 attraction reviews
104 helpful votes 104 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
80 helpful votes 80 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
16 helpful votes 16 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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Senior Contributor
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
14 helpful votes 14 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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