Skip to Main Content

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 Tu-F 10-4, Sa-M 1-4 (Call to verify) Local health policies may affect hours and access.
Donations accepted.
RA Rates:
Worth a Detour
Save to My Sights

Visitor Tips and News About American Gothic House

Reports and tips from visitors and Roadside America mobile tipsters. Some tips may not be verified. Submit your own tip.

American Gothic House

The visitors center lends out pitchforks for picture perfect photo ops if you visit during business hours!

[Becca, 08/07/2021]

The American Gothic House Visitor's Center.

American Gothic House

The American Gothic House Visitor's Center is worth a visit.

[Seth, 06/01/2017]
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]

Nearby Offbeat Places

Mars Hill Church: Haunted Bridge, UFOsMars Hill Church: Haunted Bridge, UFOs, Bloomfield, IA - 8 mi.
Birthplace of eSports PlaqueBirthplace of eSports Plaque, Ottumwa, IA - 12 mi.
Golden Dome of Pure KnowledgeGolden Dome of Pure Knowledge, Fairfield, IA - 15 mi.
In the region:
John Wayne's Boyhood Home, Brooklyn, IA - 58 mi.

Latest Tips Across Roadside America

Catch up on the latest discoveries from the road.

Explore Thousands of Oddball Tourist Attractions!

Unique destinations in the U.S. and Canada are our special obsession. Use our attraction recommendation and maps to plan your next road trip.

My Sights

My Sights on Roadside America

Create Your Own Bizarre Road Trips! ...Try My Sights

Mobile Apps

Roadside America app: iPhone, iPad Roadside America app for iPhone, iPad. On-route maps, 1,000s of photos, special research targets! ...More

Roadside Presidents app: iPhone, iPad Roadside Presidents app for iPhone, iPad. POTUS landmarks, oddities. ...More

Iowa Latest Tips and Stories

Latest Visitor Tips

Sight of the Week

Sight of the Week

Bonnie and Clyde Ambush Museum, Gibsland, Louisiana (May 20-26, 2024)

SotW Archive

USA and Canada Tips and Stories

More Sightings