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American Gothic House

Address: 300 American Gothic Street, Eldon, IA
Phone Number: +1 641-652-3352
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Ranked #1 of 2 Attractions in Eldon
Type: Architectural Buildings, Landmarks/ Points of Interest, Landmarks
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English first
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157 reviews 157 reviews
42 attraction reviews
92 helpful votes 92 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
68 helpful votes 68 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
17 reviews 17 reviews
5 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 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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121 reviews 121 reviews
11 attraction reviews
38 helpful votes 38 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
33 reviews 33 reviews
11 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 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
16 reviews 16 reviews
7 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 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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42 reviews 42 reviews
18 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 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
18 reviews 18 reviews
4 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 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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Alpharetta, Georgia
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27 reviews 27 reviews
25 attraction reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014

The American Gothic House and museum is fun for all ages. My daughters had a great time dressing up and getting their pictures taken in front of the house. The museum is free and is worth a visit if you are in the area.

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