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John Wayne Birthday Celebration May 23-24, 2014

Lana Wood (little Debbie from The Searchers) at the Museum Benefit Dinner & Auction, Friday night Rodeo and Western Swing Dance and much more! Click for the latest information on this great event!

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Membership in the John Wayne Birthplace Society is just $45 per year. Members receive:

  • A John Wayne Congressional Medal coin (while supply lasts)
  • A beautiful color print of John Wayne
  • An official Certificate of Membership
  • A John Wayne Birthplace Society membership card
  • The Birthplace Bulletin, our quarterly newsletter (click here to view a sample issue)
  • Two tickets for a free tour of the Birthplace
  • Special members-only content and offers
  • Early access to special items and events before they are available to the general public

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Rendering of NEW John Wayne Birthplace Museum

Help Us Build the New John Wayne Birthplace Museum

Construction Underway

We’ve started construction, and are planning for a Grand Opening of the Museum next year
during the John Wayne Birthday Celebration on May 22-23, 2015.

Contributions are more critical now than ever to complete this extraordinary project.
YOU can help us build the only museum in the world dedicated to John Wayne!
Updated information on the new John Wayne Birthplace Museum

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Your contribution is tax deductible to the extent allowed by law. The tax identification number of the John Wayne Birthplace Society Ltd., a not-for-profit 501(C)(3) corporation, is 42-1207533.




Saddle Up Visits The Birthplace of John Wayne

“Saddle Up with Dennis Brouse” visited the Birthplace as a segment of their show. It includes a visual tour of the Birthplace home with Birthplace Board Vice President Joe Zuckschwerdt, a horseback ride down the Clark Tower Trail in Winterset’s City Park with Ginger Ryals, an interview with long-time Duke costumer Luster Bayless, and highlights of the John Wayne Birthday Celebration.


JOHN WAYNE MERCHANDISE

Sales of products from our shop support The John Wayne Birthplace Society, a non-profit organization which exists to preserve and expand the Birthplace of Winterset’s most famous resident. If you'd like to become a member of the Society, click here.

You can order toll-free by phone from the U.S., Canada and the Caribbean: (877) 462-1044.

items in our Birthplace Shop:

Blu-ray logoWe Now Have Blu-ray Discs for Many of Our Movies!

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John Wayne Birthplace Embroidered Jacket

John Wayne iPhone Case

John Wayne Mints


John Wayne: The mere mention of his name produces images of courage and patriotism.

The life story of John Wayne began in the central Iowa town of Winterset. He was born Marion Robert Morrison on May 26, 1907, the son of Clyde and Mary Brown Morrison.

His father Clyde was a pharmacist who worked on the south side of Winterset's town square. In his youth, Clyde attended nearby Simpson College in Indianola, Iowa. John Wayne described his father as “the kindest, most patient man I ever knew.”

Wayne’s mother Mary was of Irish descent, and Duke said “she was a tiny, vivacious red-headed bundle of energy.”

Step back in time and picture the life of a young midwestern boy and his family near the turn of the century. This modest four-room home has been restored to reflect its appearance in 1907, the year of Duke’s birth. An impressive collection of John Wayne memorabilia includes unique items such as the eyepatch worn in the movie True Grit, a hat worn in Rio Lobo, and a prop suitcase used in the film Stagecoach. Hundreds of rare photographs of Duke are on display as well as letters from Lucille Ball, Gene Autry, Maureen O’Hara, Jimmy Stewart, Kirk Douglas, Bob Hope, Ronald Reagan and George Burns.

Since its opening, the childhood home of John Wayne has been visited by over one million people, including many celebrities and dignitaries. On November 3, 1984, President Ronald Reagan commented that the John Wayne Birthplace is an inspiring tribute to a good friend and a great American.

BIRTHPLACE TOUR INFORMATION AND HOURS

We are open seven days a week, 10:00am to 4:30pm except Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day, New Year’s Day and Easter.

Guided tours of the house are given daily, with the last guided tour of the day beginning at 4:30pm. Guided tours of the house are handicap accessible. Tickets are purchased and the tours depart from the Welcome Center, just north of the Birthplace home.

Admission Fees for Guided Tour:

Adults

$7.00

Seniors (60 & over)

$6.00

Children (12 & under)

$3.00

Motorcoach tour groups:

Per person

$5.00

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Winterset, Iowa 50273 USA
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