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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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Tue - Fri 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Sat - Mon 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm

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Shouldn't drive by without stopping

This is about 15 miles south of the road we were traveling but, we thought it was worth the detour. It was well worth the detour. Fun for the family taking pictures in front of... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed May 26, 2015
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Kansas City, Kansas
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Kansas City, Kansas
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146 reviews 146 reviews
84 attraction reviews
70 helpful votes 70 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 26, 2015

This is about 15 miles south of the road we were traveling but, we thought it was worth the detour. It was well worth the detour. Fun for the family taking pictures in front of the house, the museum is neat as well.

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Green Valley, Arizona
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334 reviews 334 reviews
156 attraction reviews
314 helpful votes 314 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 17, 2015

I thought this would be a quick side trip on my over 3000 mile trip across the United States. It was so educational and I learned so much that I stayed over two hours (longer than necessary for a short visit but I read and saw everything). This is a realatively new attraction as the Center housing the museum, gift... More 

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Papillion, Nebraska, United States
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15 reviews 15 reviews
5 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 13, 2015

Wonderful little piece of Americana. No charge to dress up in the 'American Gothic' farmer's wife and farmer outfits (available in the visitor's center) so that you can pose like Grant Woods famous subjects. One of the staff is always happy to take a picture of you with your phone or camera. Lots of great souvenirs, T-shirts, and nick-knacks available... More 

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Minneapolis, Minnesota
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21 reviews 21 reviews
9 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 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
5 helpful votes 5 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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70 reviews 70 reviews
35 attraction reviews
30 helpful votes 30 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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205 reviews 205 reviews
61 attraction reviews
106 helpful votes 106 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
81 helpful votes 81 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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128 reviews 128 reviews
12 attraction reviews
45 helpful votes 45 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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