Since 1982 the John Wayne Birthplace has drawn over a million visitors to see the small house where John Wayne’s life began. Our new John Wayne Birthplace Museum will enhance that visitor experience, with 6,100 square feet including a theater, gift shop, and gallery display area with artifacts and interactive exhibits documenting his life and career. This new facility will provide an exciting experience for the whole family.
Make your plans now for next year’s John Wayne Birthday Celebration, May 22-24, 2015
and the GRAND OPENING of the new John Wayne Birthplace Museum!
While all of the necessary fundraising is not yet complete, construction is now well underway. With the John Wayne Birthplace home itself, this will be the ONLY Museum in the entire world dedicated to John Wayne, with over $2 million of John Wayne artifacts in our collection for visitors to see.
It has taken many years to get to this point, and a tremendous effort has been made by a great many dedicated people. John Wayne fans the world over have expressed their strong support. Your contributions are more critical now than ever to complete this extraordinary
project. As a non-profit 501 (c) (3) organization, so your contributions are tax deductible.
The Birthplace Museum is conveniently located facing John Wayne Drive, the main street through Winterset. Adjacent to the Birthplace home on the same block, tours of the home will depart from the new Museum once completed.
Just 13 miles from two major Interstate highways, a visit to the John Wayne Birthplace Museum will be a fascinating opportunity to learn more about one of America’s most enduring icons.
The City of Winterset is extending the Streetscape project to the corner of John Wayne Drive and Washington St where the new Museum is being built (on the left in this photo). The Streetscape project is renovating curbs and sidewalk, adding decorative brick, installing brick crosswalks at intersections and installing new decorative street lights and stoplights. Here's a panoramic view of the construction
(click the image for a larger view).
Click the image below to see the progress as the new John Wayne Birthplace Museum takes shape!
YOU can help us to complete this Museum truly worthy of the man who was John Wayne!
It’s easy to contribute right from this page—just click here.
The sizeable gallery will be divided in sections to reflect different parts of John Wayne’s life and career. American will deal with his support of the U.S. and his various political activities; Family Man will embrace aspects of Wayne the husband and father, and includes his actual last car. A large space will be devoted to the Actor, as his career in films is how most of us came to know John Wayne.
Greatly expanded exhibit space will permit room to display a vast collection of authentic artifacts and memorabilia from his life and career including props, costumes, sculptures and artwork, photographs, correspondence, personal items and — of course! — audio and video. Visitors will be able to take as much time as the wish to study and view all the elements of the collection, while a central area with a timeline of his life and comfortable seating will give an opportunity to rest momentarily and take in an overview of all that is available.
Besides the regular items on display, space is set aside in the new Museum for traveling exhibits of materials from other museums and collections, so each visit to the Museum will offer new things to discover!
As befits a star of his stature, the Museum will include its own theatre, with a marquee modeled after the local Winterset movie house and an interior designed like those of Hollywood’s golden era of film. A documentary will offer an introduction to Wayne’s life and career, and the theatre can also be utilized to show other presentations.
The large Gallery area has lots of space to display many elements of the Museum collection. Divided into three main sections, American, Family Man, and Actor, all are packed with fascinating information, artifacts and various interactive displays.
The main lobby and retail area of the new John Wayne
Birthplace Museum shows the entrance to the Theatre at the left, retail display area in the center, and Gallery entrance and ticket counter to the right as you enter from John Wayne Drive.
In the spacious lobby area, guests can stroll through a diverse assortment of John Wayne merchandise and pick up some souvenirs of their visit. A digital screen of those who contributed to help build the Museum will be prominently displayed. Tickets may be purchased for the Gallery area and regular guided tours of the actual house where John Wayne was born.
Your support is more critical right now than ever!
Its easy to contribute right here! Choose your donation amount from the options below and click the Add to Cart button—just like making a purchase in our shop. Or you may donate by purchasing a personalized Film Granite or Tribute Brick (click here for more information).