John Wayne Birthplace & Museum

Grand Opening

An exciting new adventure in the history of John Wayne—
the John Wayne Birthplace Museum!

John Wayne Birthplace Museum

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 enhances 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 provides an exciting experience for the whole family.

While all of the necessary fundraising is not yet complete, the Museum is now open. This is 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 shown their strong support. Your contributions are more critical now than ever. As we are a non-profit 501 (c) (3) organization, your contributions are tax deductible.

John Wayne Museum locationThe 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 depart from the new Museum.

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.

Winterset location in Iowa

Musum Progress

Click the image to the right to see the progress as the new
John Wayne Birthplace Museum takes shape!

Museum Progress

YOU can help support the Museum truly worthy of the man who was John Wayne!
It’s easy to contribute right from this page—just click here.

Museum InteriorThe sizeable gallery is 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 one of his actual last cars. 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 permits 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 can take as much time as they wish to study and view all the elements of the collection, while a central area with a timeline of his life will give an opportunity to take in an overview of Wayne’s major life events.

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 offers an introduction to Wayne’s life and career with avery special welcome by his daughter Aissa.
Museum Gallery

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.

Lobby and Retail Area

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. 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!

It’s 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).


You may contribute with the following credit cards:

VISA, MasterCard, Discover and American Express

Of course, we also gladly accept personal checks, money orders, or cashier’s checks payable in U.S. dollars. You can mail your donation for the John Wayne Birthplace Museum to:

The John Wayne Birthplace
ATTN: Museum Donations
205 S. John Wayne Dr.
Winterset, Iowa 50273 USA

REMEMBER: 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.

If you have any questions, you may e-mail us by clicking here.

Help us build the only museum in the world dedicated to John Wayne!

Contribute to the new Museum and have a lasting memorial:
The John Wayne Birthplace Film Granites and Tribute Bricks

John Wayne Birthplace Film Granite Block

The Film Granites are laser-engraved granite blocks, one each of the films in which John Wayne appeared. These are installed on the John Wayne Birthplace 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.

These films are available on a first come, first served basis, so don’t delay—be sure to reserve your Film Granite now before your favorites are gone!

Tribute Brick

Or you may support the John Wayne Birthplace Museum with a Tribute Brick with your choice of three lines of text and have it placed on the walkways surrounding the Birthplace home! You will be permanently recognized for your support of John Wayne and the character for which he stood.


More information on the Film Granites and Tribute Bricks

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