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American Gothic House

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American Gothic House

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300 American Gothic St, Eldon, IA 52554-9654
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Cathy N wrote a review Sep 2020
Casey, Iowa2 contributions1 helpful vote
We stopped on our way to Kentucky. There were no cars in the parking lot. Some lady came out and yelled at us for parking in front of the building. It was closed. My husband walks with a came. We could have been told nicely. We felt like 4 65 year old being reprimanded in kindergarten
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Date of experience: September 2020
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David Edward B wrote a review Jul 2020
Lee's Summit, Missouri5 contributions4 helpful votes
We stopped by Friday morning on our way from Kansas City to Chicago. It was very easy to find. We left Kansas City around 6 am and arrived around 10:30 am. I brought all my props since I wasn't sure the place would be open. You can't borrow their clothes, but you may borrow their pitchfork. Be sure to pick the right pitchfork...the one that only comes to the man's shoulder so it mirrors the painting. FYI you can buy t-shirts in their gift shop that mimics the man and women's upper clothing to wear for your photo shoot. We brought our own costumes. I believe the Gothic House faces south which makes it good for about any time of day to take a picture without shadows. I only wish they had some shade near the picture taking area to help you stay cool while you wait your turn to take a picture or read all their fun facts that surround the area. Especially during hot summer months. (it was almost 90 out) I should have used an umbrella to help give us shade. It's hard to see your phone camera picture in such direct sunlight. Everyone in the museum/gift shop was friendly. If you have the time, go around the museum and read all the fun facts. It's air conditioned and has very nice bathrooms. You need to wear a mask and there is hand sanitizer available. Be sure to leave a nice donation (they don't charge you for taking pictures or borrowing pitchforks) so perhaps someday soon they can afford to either plant some trees or add some outdoor solar sun shades. Because it needs shade, I only gave it a 4 out of 5 rating.
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Date of experience: July 2020
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torpdo wrote a review Jun 2020
Des Moines, Iowa535 contributions52 helpful votes
I would probably rate 5-stars if the gift shop/museum was open, but, alas, due to COVID, closed. Nice house in beautiful surroundings. I don't know why, but I expected the house to be bigger. Great information plaques provide background on the American Gothic subjects as well as Grant Wood. There are even areas marked where one can take a self-portrait.
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Date of experience: June 2020
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Road Tripper wrote a review Mar 2020
2 contributions1 helpful vote
Drove to Eldon with my niece specifically to see this attraction. The museum, though small, was fascinating. Exhibits from local student art contests, sculptures, and magazine covers are on display. The volunteers today: Fred, Deb, and Jeri were extremely helpful and made the visit rather pleasant. The photo op with the house was great; Deb took the photos with our phones, and her personality and "offbeat" sense of humor kept us smiling (and laughing more than once). I would recommend this experience to anyone who would like to experience a piece of history.
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Date of experience: March 2020
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Cassie W wrote a review Jan 2020
Groton, South Dakota479 contributions113 helpful votes
It pains me to come back a write a less than amazing review after my first visit here a few years back. I was so excited to share this place with my husband and actually get an accurate photo together instead of solo like I had to the first time I passed by this place! This place has a small museum about Grant Wood and the American Gothic House, we were literally passing through on what would be an 8 hour trip that day, so we didn't have time to browse the museum. I think that immediately put us on bad terms with the workers that day. All we wanted was the photo op, with the costumes they provide, because who doesn't want that on a visit here? She was very sour the whole time she was "helping" stage us for the picture and kept telling off my husband that he was doing it all wrong. I so wanted this to be the fun filled experience it originally was for me, but one sour worker really ruined the experience this time around.
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Date of experience: May 2019
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