John Wayne Birthplace & Museum

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The John Wayne Birthplace Museum Grand Opening was a great success!

Film Granite

Support 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 support the only museum in the world dedicated to John Wayne!
Updated information on the new John Wayne Birthplace Museum

Contribute Now!

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.


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:

The Duke Folding Camp Chair

American Flag Flown at the John Wayne Birthplace

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. Since its opening, the childhood home of John Wayne has been visited by over one million people, including many celebrities and dignitaries.

The new 6,100 square ft. Museum offers an astounding collection of memorabilia from the screen legend’s life and motion picture career. The only museum in the world dedicated to John Wayne, it features the largest diversified exhibit of John Wayne artifacts in existence, including original movie posters, film wardrobe, scripts, letters, artwork and sculpture, one of his customized automobiles and, of course, a movie theater.

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 5:00pm except Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day, New Year’s Day and Easter.

The Museum is open and guided tours of the Birthplace house are given daily, with the last guided tour of the day beginning at 4:30pm. TheTmuseum and Birthplace house are handicap accessible. Tickets are purchased and depart from the Birthplace Museum at 205 S. John Wayne Drive (the corner of John Wayne Drive and Washington St.)

Admission Fees:



Seniors (60 & over)


Children (12 & under)


Motorcoach tour groups: (10+)

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
205 S. John Wayne Dr.
Winterset, Iowa 50273 USA
(515) 462-1044 - toll-free (877) 462-1044


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