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American Gothic House

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Love this painting and I'm also a huge Rocky Horror fan so this was a must see! It is not in the... read more

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Such a Fun Stop

We just happened upon this place while on a drive to Wisconsin. The visitors center is lovely and... read more

Reviewed February 12, 2019
Columbia, Missouri
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Come to Eldon, Iowa and view the exterior of the house that inspired Grant Wood to paint American Gothic, one of the most recognized paintings in the world. Tour the adjacent American Gothic House Center which showcases Grant Wood's life and the...more
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300 American Gothic St, Eldon, IA 52554-9654
+1 641-652-3352
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All reviews front of the house grant wood visitor center fun stop gift shop take pictures pictures taken photo opportunity wonderful opportunity currently under construction piece of history fun facts woman working actual house road trip short visit quick visit
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Reviewed today

Love this painting and I'm also a huge Rocky Horror fan so this was a must see! It is not in the best of areas.....a dead end after many very run down shacks! There was no one else there which was a shame. Little museum...More

Date of experience: April 2019
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Reviewed February 12, 2019

We just happened upon this place while on a drive to Wisconsin. The visitors center is lovely and it was so much fun to see the actual house depicted in Wood's "American Gothic" painting. When we were there, you could borrow period clothing and a...More

Date of experience: August 2018
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Reviewed November 4, 2018

Okay, it's like THE thing to do in that region, but I was expecting something else... I don't know. Anyway, it was style fun to dress up like the painting and take pictures.

Date of experience: October 2018
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Reviewed September 6, 2018

This place is tiny! I had no idea. Can't tell you much about the house itself, but the visitor center has a free museum in it and that is quite interesting. Fun time - even in spite of the rain.

Date of experience: September 2018
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Reviewed August 14, 2018

I was disappointed that the house is currently under construction until sometime in September, but they do call it out on their website so it was my fault. The reason I was so disappointed is that 5 years ago we got a great family picture...More

Date of experience: August 2018
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Reviewed August 12, 2018 via mobile

The site is under construction in August and September 2018 but that doesn’t keep you from seeing the house nor having the very helpful staff suit you up and put you in the right spot and take your picture all for free! It is free...More

Date of experience: August 2018
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Reviewed August 4, 2018 via mobile

Having been to Grant Wood sites in Stone City and Anamosa, we had to visit this one! And, had it not been under renovation, would’ve been a home run. Still, fun to see the inspiration for the home in Wood’s American Gothic painting. Museum is...More

Date of experience: August 2018
Thank blandboy
Reviewed July 24, 2018

We stopped into the American Gothic House for a photo op. We were to early for the gift shop and there is a lot of construction. The grounds are beautiful with many wildflowers in bloom.

Date of experience: July 2018
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Reviewed July 6, 2018 via mobile

We travelled 2 hours out of our way to view the house. The mobile website does not tell you it is under construction. Keep this in mind if you plan on visiting in July or August of 2018 and you were looking forward to a...More

Date of experience: July 2018
Thank goodhelmet
Reviewed July 4, 2018

I am in the bank travel business. I take senior citizens on bus tours. The week of June 19th I took a group to southeast Iowa to Van Buren County. On our last day our first stop was the American Gothic House in Eldon, Iowa....More

Date of experience: June 2018
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July 23, 2017|
Response from Dalekd2013 | Reviewed this property |
According to their website , the center (gift shop) and museum are open Tuesday-Saturday 10: to 5:00. Sunday and Monday 1:00 to 4:00. The house itself is only open the 2nd Saturday of April thru October from 10:00 to 4:00.
July 23, 2017|
Response from Holly B | Property representative |
The museum is open from 10-5 Tuesday - Saturday and 1-4 Sunday - Monday. The gift shop is inside the museum and has the same hours.