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Winterset, Iowa: John Wayne Birthplace Museum Team Field Report

205 S. John Wayne Drive, Winterset, IA
I-80 Exit 110 (US Hwy 169) south 14 miles into Winterset, where it becomes John Wayne Drive. Stay on John Wayne Drive until you reach South St. Turn left (east) one block. At the corner of John Wayne Drive and Washington St.
Daily 10-5 (Call to verify) Local health policies may affect hours and access.
Adults $15.
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John Wayne Birthplace Museum

Original museum opened in 1982. A fancy multi-million dollar expanded museum opened in May 2015 and features a big outdoor statue of The Duke, and, inside, his 1970s station wagon. The four-room house where he was born is one block east and south. Report...

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John Wayne Birthplace.

John Wayne Birthplace

The home where John Wayne was born.

[Randy Walker, 11/17/2020]

Hardly the rugged, dusty Western ranch that most people associate with the creation of John Wayne, whose real name was Marion Morrison.

John Wayne Birthplace Museum.

John Wayne Birthplace Museum

The John Wayne museum is next to the birthplace house. The new museum opened in May of 2015.

[Steven Goers, 06/03/2015]

John Wayne van.

Birthplace of John Wayne

There is an amazing custom van at John Wayne's Birthplace, designed by a diehard fan!

[Nikki, 12/03/2013]

John Wayne Statue.

Birthplace of John Wayne

Winterset has more than just the birthplace of John Wayne. The city park boasts an English hedge maze, a castle turret ("Clark's Tower"), a monument to the Delicious Apple, and one of the bridges of Madison County ("Cutler-Donahue Covered Bridge"). So if you're in town to visit the Duke, be sure to mosey on over to the city park and take a gander.

[Jen Danzinger, 05/30/2011]

Nearby Offbeat Places

Bridges Of Madison CountyBridges Of Madison County, Winterset, IA - < 1 mi.
Clark Tower - CastleClark Tower - Castle, Winterset, IA - 1 mi.
Home of the Original Delicious Apple TreeHome of the Original Delicious Apple Tree, East Peru, IA - 9 mi.
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Restored Phillips 66 Gas Station, Creston, IA - 28 mi.

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