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American Gothic House, Eldon

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Strike your own American Gothic pose in front of the house that inspired Iowa artist Grant Wood to begin his most famous painting. Costumes and pitchfork are provided by the American Gothic House Center!

Enjoy educational exhibits and videos on Grant Wood, view a fascinating collection of American Gothic parodies, and pin your town on our map. Find prints, postcards, books, clothing and other memorabilia in the gift shop.

Admission to the American Gothic House Center is free!
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  • This place is definitely off the beaten path. You have to wind through the little town to find it. Fortunately, they have good signage. The museum sits right next to the house featured in Grant...  more »
  • This was so fun...very nice museum with background of how the famous painting came to be! You can dress up in clothes they provide and have your picture taken in front of the house! Nice gift shop.....  more »
  • How can you not like this place? The house is iconic and the little museum next door is a gem. They even have clothes imitating the clothes of the figures in American Gothic painting that you can use to make your own American Gothic photo. Museum staff person was more than willing to take our picture with the duds on in front of the house. She was a super nice lady---so courteous and friendly. No admission charge, those you'd have to be a real chiseler not to give a donation.
  • I wanted to include this stop while working my road survey assignment in Iowa. As luck would have it? Our very last record was just 14 miles away. Worth the trip, even though the inside of the house is closed for viewing until September 14, 2019. Seeing that house made famous by Grant Wood made it worth it. Loved the grounds and the center.

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