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American Gothic House

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Address: 300 American Gothic Street, Eldon, IA
Phone Number: +1 641-652-3352
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10:00 am - 4:00 pm
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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 little museum!

We went out of our way to visit Eldon, and we are so glad that we did. The museum was small but well set out and interesting. The shop had nice souvenirs and some really... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 3 weeks ago
Adelaide, Australia
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Adelaide, Australia
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107 reviews
63 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We went out of our way to visit Eldon, and we are so glad that we did. The museum was small but well set out and interesting. The shop had nice souvenirs and some really interesting books as well.. It was cool to see the house, and we were so impressed that it was FREE to dress up and to... More 

Thank YallournGirl
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66 reviews
39 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 11, 2015

This was sort of a bucket list moment. We learned about this place from the Larry the Cable Guy show Only In America that was a show on The History Channel. We thought, wouldn't this be a fun stop? As part of a trip to see the Trestle Trail Bridge and finish our Bridges of Madison County tour, we detoured... More 

Thank JCMKc
Appleton, Wisconsin
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44 reviews
18 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 26, 2015

We went out of our way to see the house featured in the American Gothic painting and it did not disappoint! It was easy to find following the good road signage. We knew there was a quilt exhibit at the near by museum and that was another nice addition to our visit. We did a photo but did not get... More 

Thank louh332
Tucson, Arizona
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10 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 24, 2015

The American Gothic House is a bit off the beaten path. I found it to be worth the roughly 6 mile trek off the interstate though. There is a small, but decent museum, clean bathrooms, nice staff, clothes to borrow so you can take pictures in front of the House, etc. It was a quick, fun stop.

Thank anns6838
Saint Louis, Missouri
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20 reviews
4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 20, 2015

Excellent museum and staff. Stopped here to stretch my legs on trip between Des Moines and St. Louis. Highly recommend as it gives good history of painting and artist. Free but donations accepted and decent gift shop. Also provide overalls and smocks so you can replicate portrait.

Thank Wanderer38N90W
Saint Louis, Missouri
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9 reviews
5 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2015

We traveled about an hour out of our way to visit and we were so glad we did. My husband and I enjoyed both the museum next door and being able to walk around and explore the property. Our five year old, who has no concept of the painting, even had a blast! The very friendly and knowledgeable docent was... More 

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Chicago, Illinois
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79 reviews
46 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 4, 2015

Drove here after visiting the Amanas(on a road trip through Iowa from Chicago). Unfortunately relied on iPhone maps and ended up taking the backroads to get here (thought we had lost our muffler in the dirt road through the middle of cornfields). But it was worth it!!! It is a very quick visit, the only thing to see in this... More 

Thank lucia2230
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34 reviews
11 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2015

If you are in the area make a quick stop here! The house itself is closed, but there is a visitors center right next door. You can use their props to dress up and take a photo in the front to look like the painting. Go check out a little piece of American art!

Thank cbleeker87
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97 reviews
15 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 38 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2015

Confession: I'm an Art Teacher. This is like Mecca for me. But apparently I'm not alone, as over 17,000 people from all over the world visited this site last year, in the very small town of Eldon. American Gothic is one of the world's most recognized paintings, after all! The Visitor Center is fantastic, and connects the humble roots of... More 

Thank finnbee
Ottumwa, Iowa
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13 reviews
10 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2015

The gothic house is a historic place known by many. It's in a very small town with hardly anything but the property its self has been spruced up for tourists. Great place to dress up and take photos with your family or friends. Fun stop to many is small town Iowa.

Thank mamorett20

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