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Grand Opening John Wayne Birthplace Museum May 23-25, 2015

The John Wayne Birthplace is thrilled to announce that our musical headliner for our John Wayne Birthplace Museum Benefit Dinner will be country music legend Marty Stuart. Marty is a life-long John Wayne fan and an early supporter of our museum and says he's looking forward to helping us ”wave the flag“ at this historic event.

Years from now when they‘re talking about the great personalities in country music—Jimmie Rogers, Hank Williams, Johnny Cash and Bill Monroe—they'll include Marty Stuart. He‘ll be among those personalities because he‘s never been afraid to follow his vision to stretch the boundaries of country music. When country strays too far from its heartbeat, he‘s been there to snap it back.

Marty went solo after working with Lester Flatt and Johnny Cash and dragged country music into the 1990s clinging to the tassels of Lefty Frizzell and hollering like James Brown. Along the way, he got a Golden Globe nomination for scoring Bily Bob Thornton‘s All the Pretty Horses, collected five Grammys, married beautiful country music legend Connie Smith, joined the Grand Ole Opry, brought together his Fabulous Superlatives—Kenny Vaughn, Harry Stinson and Paul Martin—unveiled the Marty Stuart Show on RFD-TV and took the last photograph of Johnny Cash.

He’s a songwriter, unsurpassed performer, outlaw, student, teacher, star-spangled instrumentalist, photographer, philosopher, historian, and ”Jumpin’ Jack Flash“ master.

Don’t miss this once in a lifetime event! Reserve your tickets for the Dinner NOW!

#8775, 2015 John Wayne Birthplace Museum Benefit Dinner Saturday, May 23rd


Click the “Add To Cart” link above to buy here, or call toll-free (877) 462-1044

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Film Granite

Help Us Build the New John Wayne Birthplace Museum with a Lasting Memorial: The John Wayne Birthplace Museum Film Granites

A stunning laser-engraved 16" x 16" granite block, one for each film in which John Wayne appeared will be installed on the Museum grounds.

You can reserve one of these films with up to three lines of text. What a wonderful way to add your personal message of support, there to be seen for generations to come!

More information on the John Wayne Birthplace Museum Film Granites

Get the Inside Track on What’s Happening!

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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Birthplace Bulletin Newsletter

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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You may contribute with the following credit cards:

VISA, MasterCard, Discover and American Express

Or help build the Museum with a Film Granite or Tribute Brick. More information

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.


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:

Old Guys Rule “Got To Do” T-Shirt lake color

Old Guys Rule “Got To Do” T-Shirt cactus color

The Duke Folding Camp Chair

American Flag Flown at the John Wayne Birthplace

The Alamo DVD

The Searchers DVD

John Wayne The Duke Tin Sign

John Wayne Hondo Tin Sign

John Wayne Flag Tin Sign

John Wayne Birthplace Logo Jacket

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 Courthouse 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 20th 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 an 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. On May 24, 2013 legendary screen actress Maureen O’Hara visited with her family saying “It’s every person's dream in the United States to be like John Wayne. I love you, Duke, you're a helluva guy.”


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:



Seniors (60 & over)


Children (12 & under)


Motorcoach tour groups:

Per person


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Nearby accommodations at the Hampton Inn in West Des Moines:

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Hampton Inn Des Moines-West

7060 Lake Drive, West Des Moines, Iowa 50266
Phone (515) 223-4700 - Fax (515) 221-1010

John Wayne Birthplace
216 S. 2nd St.
Winterset, Iowa 50273 USA
(515) 462-1044 - toll-free (877) 462-1044


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