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John Wayne Birthplace & Museum, Winterset

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Must see · Historic Site · Specialty Museum
We are open seven days a week, 10:00am to 5:00pm except Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day, New Year’s Day and Easter.

The Birthplace home is open daily. Tickets are purchased at the Welcome Center, just north of the Birthplace home.

The new John Wayne Birthplace Museum, adjacent to the Birthplace home, opened May 23, 2015. Both the Museum and the Birthplace home are handicap accessible.
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  • Very well done museum with a nice 11 minute tribute film running every 15 minutes. Everything is displayed nicely and numbered and captioned for explanation in the museum. Glad to see the building.....  more »
  • I am a huge fan of marion(John Wayne). This place was very informative and the history was excellent. The museum and the birth place was exceptionally put together and enjoyable. You have to visit...  more »
  • Beautiful museum building and grounds. Love the statute. Loved the movie theatre introduction and museum pieces. Birthplace house was nice. Take all our out of town friends and family there.
  • While it's a lot of fun to see a museum dedicated to John Wayne, it's underwhelming compared to other small museums I've been to. There are authentic items from the film's here, which is really neat, and signed letters from John Wayne, but many of the items were copies of the original and you could easily/quickly look past them. Gift shop had cool memorabilia. I'd recommend going if you're a hardcore fan of westerns and/or John Wayne, but don't make a special trip soley to visit the museum. Visit if it's along your path.

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