John Wayne Birthplace & Museum

John Wayne Birthplace & Museum, Winterset

John Wayne Birthplace & Museum

John Wayne Birthplace & Museum
4.5
Speciality Museums • Historic Sites
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Monday
10:00 AM - 5:00 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
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
About
Tour the modest 4-room home where John Wayne was born, and visit the John Wayne Birthplace Museum featuring the largest diversified exhibit of John Wayne artifacts in existence, including original movie posters, film wardrobe, scripts, letters, artwork and sculpture--even one of his customized automobiles. Admission includes the Museum, a visit to the Birthplace house, and a small theater with a documentary on John Wayne's life, with a special welcome by his daughter Aissa.
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Ward H
Hot Springs Village, AR369 contributions
Who Cannot Visit The Duke's Birthplace!
Aug 2021
We enjoyed our visit at the museum and home. There is a nice video about "The Duke". The museum has some nice items to view and comments about his movies. The folks are very friendly. You will enjoy your visit.
Written August 28, 2021
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Lou P
Kansas City, KS229 contributions
Busy visit
Aug 2021
Running late, we arrived with 1/2 hr. until closing time. Ruth and Liz helped us get our tickets quickly so that we could hustle over to the Birthplace home, where Skip was kind enough to give us a complete rundown on the home and family history. He answered many questions, as we looked around. Then back we went to the Museum, in time to catch the last film of the day. It was a good summary of John Wayne's life and career. Finally, we were allowed time to check out the displays in the museum and shop in the gift shop. We really appreciated the cordial welcome we received and their flexibility to allow us to enjoy our visit.
Written August 27, 2021
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LoveNewExperiences
Bartlesville, OK1,051 contributions
Must do for John Wayne fans
Aug 2021
LOVED the town and enjoyed touring the museum and John Wayne's birthplace. For an entry fee of $15 you have access to a short documentary on John Wayne that includes an introduction by his daughter, access to the small museum that has some interesting memoriabila and access to the home where he was born. The gift shop has a lot of gift items but you can also purchase several items at the Ben Franklin on the town square. Note... it doesn't take long to go through everything but if you are a fan of John Wayne I think it is worth the visit.

They are currently in the process of expanding the museum but it was not complete during our visit.
Written August 23, 2021
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dianawaites
Pinehurst, TX74 contributions
Small museum and house worth a stop
Jul 2021
The museum had some items from different films. It is a very small museum, I would have liked more personal info on John Wayne , but it wasn't bad. Just one room of items. I think the best part was going to the actual house where John Wayne was born. That to me was of more interest. It is included in the cost to enter the museum.

Nice little area & stop
Written August 1, 2021
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iver0185
Granite Falls, MN559 contributions
Waste of Money!
Aug 2021 • Solo
Not much here. They charge WAY too much to see one room full of stuff. Wow. Do not waste your money. Takes 15 minutes to see.
Written August 1, 2021
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belinda m
Portsmouth, UK480 contributions
This is a great town and museum
Jul 2021 • Family
To visit here you probably are a John Wayne fan to start with so of you are expecting something else don't bother. This is a great little museum, small but lots to read about and show to watch in the mini cinema. Active serving members of the military get in free and get a lovely token gift which was so lovely. Lots to browse through in the gift shop and make sure you walk the town. They are expanding as building work is in full swing.
Written August 1, 2021
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Jayne S
Faribault, MN21 contributions
The Duke!
Jul 2021
It was such fun to look at all the movie memorabilia. We loved the little film in the theater - now we want to go back and watch a few of his movies. This was my hubby's choice for our trip and he was enthralled but I was surprised at how much I enjoyed it too!
Written July 26, 2021
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Bridget S
Belmont, NC627 contributions
John Wayne Museum
Jun 2021
This was a must see on our visit to Iowa. We enjoyed reading letters and seeing the different movie costumes. The statue inside was so lifelike.
Written July 2, 2021
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tchelle1111
Neligh, NE168 contributions
Quick
Jun 2021 • Couples
My husband is a big John Wayne fan. We toured the museum and home. I would have thought that the museum would have had more displays of his life.
Written June 6, 2021
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James and Sandr... B
Lufkin, TX516 contributions
Very enjoyable for BIG John Wayne fans
May 2021
First off I do agree the admittance fee is high for what you get but since my husband is military and I am a senior ours was a little less. That being said we are BIG John Wayne fans and couldn't miss this. We found it very enjoyable and when they get the new addition done may be back. There was hardly anyone there when we went and so we stayed in museum reading about exhibits and trying to name movies not represented. The house was different as another group of people came while we were there and it is small so it felt crowded.
Written May 31, 2021
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John Wayne Birthplace & Museum is open:
  • Sun - Sat 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM