Eldon, Iowa: American Gothic House

The house made famous as a background for a Grant Wood painting is now a popular photo-op.
300 American Gothic St., Eldon, IA
East edge of town. Take Hwy 16/Elm St. east. Turn left (north) onto Finney Ave., which curves and turns into American Gothic St. The house is on the left, opposite Burton St. Visitor Center is next door.
Visitor Center T-F 10-4, Sa-M 1-4 (Call to verify)
Donations accepted.
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American Gothic House

This is a great detour. The route is through beautiful countryside. Good info on Grant Wood and the painting. Getting photo done was hilarious.

[Kelly Dresen, 07/03/2013]
American Gothic House. American Gothic House

It's free to come see the house that started it all and strike your own American Gothic pose in front of the place made famous by Iowan Grant Wood. Costumes and pitch fork available! Free will donations accepted.

Enjoy the collection of American Gothic parodies, educational exhibit and videos on Grant Wood's life, put together the magnet puzzles and check out the selection of prints, postcards, stationary, books, totes, T-shirts and other memorabilia in the gift shop.

[Jessica Strom, 07/24/2009]
American Gothics. American Gothic House

The most spoofed art object ever.

The visitors center staff is very helpful taking photos. No camera, no problem -- they will take your pic and print it off for $2.00. They even have spare batteries they will let you borrow if your camera is low!

[Chris & Jill, 06/25/2009]
American Gothic House. American Gothic House

See the house that inspired Grant Wood's famous American Gothic painting. A small tourism center, gift shop, and museum featuring spoofs on American Gothic are located about six miles from US Hwy 34 between Ottumwa and Fairfield.

[Misty A., 11/20/2008]
Pose as American Gothics

Newly opened Visitors Center across from the American Gothic House made famous by Grant Wood in painting American Gothic. The American Gothic House Center has a gift shop, media room, and new American Gothic parodies exhibit. Good graphics and story line in the exhibit.

You can borrow clothes and a pitchfork to "pose" for your own American Gothic photo.

[Brenda Kremer, 06/18/2007]

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