American Gothic House

American Gothic House, Eldon: Hours, Address, American Gothic House Reviews: 4.5/5

American Gothic House
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10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Monday
1:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Tuesday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Sunday
1:00 PM - 4:00 PM
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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 history of the house. Props on hand encourage visitors to pose in front of the historic American Gothic House and create their own unique American Gothic portrait.
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Asher Blaze
United States15 contributions
Mar 2020 • Friends
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.
Written March 1, 2020
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N611VMandread
Tucson, United States21 contributions
Nov 2021
If you love art and the iconic painting "American Gothic," then this place is for you and worth the trip out if you are in Iowa. The house is the one seen in the background in the "American Gothic" painting (the one with stern-looking, pitchfork-holding farmer and his daughter). There is also a museum near the American Gothic house, which has a film and exhibits discussing the life of the artist, Grant Wood. (But, if you are not a fan, this exhibit may not be for you, as it may seem to be just an old, plain, house).
Written November 11, 2021
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torpdo
Des Moines, IA534 contributions
Jun 2020
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.
Written June 28, 2020
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Cassie W
Bordentown, NJ479 contributions
May 2019
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.
Written January 6, 2020
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Cathy N
Casey, IA8 contributions
Sep 2020 • Friends
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
Written September 3, 2020
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Loperfan
Kearney, NE222 contributions
Sep 2011 • Couples
We were just rolling west along a highway in southern Iowa when we saw the sign: "American Gothic House, next exit". and so we took it and ended up spending about two delightful hours learning about Grant Wood and his famous painting, not to mention the hundred of "takeoffs" of the famous couple and house that are used in advertising, etc.

The staff at the visitor center were delightful. They offered to take our picture in front of the house, replicating the original painting as closely as possible. It was great fun. They had costumes that simply slipped over our clothes for the photo.
Written July 4, 2012
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Lowell B
Cincinnati, Ohio, United States234 contributions
Aug 2018 • Couples
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 but it certainly deserves a donation for all the cost of expense to keep this open
The museum itself is very interesting and well worth the stop
Written August 12, 2018
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barbie12345
new york37 contributions
Jul 2018 • Couples
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.
Written July 24, 2018
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Aaron Ross
107 contributions
Jul 2016 • Family
My family takes a road trip from New Jersey to the midwest every summer to visit family and friends. One year we wound up driving through Iowa, and my son remembered from his State Fair in school that the painting American Gothic had a connection. We looked it up, and sure enough, there it was.
This site is the house that is featured in the back of the painting behind the man and the woman. There is a small museum about the origins of the painting and the many, many spoofs of it. There is also a small gift shop with many items connected to the painting.
However, the whole fun is trying to recreate the painting. The museum has coverall versions of the clothes worn in the painting in all sizes (including the pitchfork), and we spent half an hour in the blazing summer sun posing every male-female combination in our family (and we have 3 males and 4 females). There are markers on the ground in the front of the house to show you where to stand to get as close to the original as possible. While this took us a little bit off of our route, the pictures it produced and the memories of the day are beyond priceless. And it is free!
Written August 9, 2016
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Daniel B
Cedar Rapids361 contributions
May 2016 • Solo
I have lived in Iowa all my life and have had this site on my bucket list for just as long and can now cross it off! This place is worth the drive. Today was extra special for ME anyway as it was a balmy & humid day as well. 86 above and sunny. It wasn't my first visit to the town of Eldon but it was my first visit to the house that inspired Iowan artsist Grant Wood to paint his world famous picture "American Gothic". The house sits on the edge of town and is open May thru September 10 am to 5pm Tues thru Sat; Sun-Mon 1pm to 4pm in the summer. Winter times and hours are: October thru April Tues thru Fri 10am to 4pm and Sat thru Mon 1 to 4pm. They never charge an admission but gladly accept donations. The town of Eldon is located between Ottumwa and Fairfield, Iowa and is then six miles south of Highway 34. Follow the signs through town. There is an interesting 28 minute film on Grant Wood and how and why he chose this locale for his picture. The center sits adjacent to the house and houses(no pun intended) exhibits, media room, gift shop as well as local and national stories on the painting, subjects and owners. Many many famous people and politicians have stopped by to visit. The center also adds some fun to your visit by allowing you to "dress the part" by offering dresses and overalls and the famous pitchfork to those willing to act the part of the people in American Gothic. How cool is that? The center is air conditioned and has bathrooms and drinking fountains.There is plenty of handicapped parking available. The staff on hand is very knowledgeable and is willing to answer any and all questions you may have. Group tours are offered and the house itself is open for tours on select days. Just call ahead or check online for dates/times. In my opinion, this was well worth my time.
Written May 25, 2016
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American Gothic House is open:
  • Sun - Mon 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM
  • Tue - Sat 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM

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