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Make your plans now for next year’s John Wayne Birthday Celebration,
and the GRAND OPENING of the John Wayne Birthplace Museum!

May 22-24, 2015

New York Times bestselling author Scott Eyman will be the keynote speaker at the ribbon cutting, and the Iowa Military Veterans Band (www.iowamilitaryveteransband.com) will perform in concert right before the ribbon ceremony to officially open the new John Wayne Birthplace Museum.
Author Scott Eyman Iowa Military Veteran’s Band

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

$150.00  

As with the last Benefit Dinner, Seating will be assigned in the order of reservations, so reserve yours now!
Click the “Add To Cart” link above to buy here, or call toll-free (877) 462-1044


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

Join Today!

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

Contribute Now!
 

You may contribute with the following credit cards:

VISA, MasterCard, Discover and American Express
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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.


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!
Check out the films here

John Wayne Birthplace Embroidered Jacket

The Quiet Man Blu-Ray

The Duke Collage Travel Mug

John Wayne iPhone Case

American Flag Flown at the John Wayne Birthplace

The Alamo DVD
ON SALE

The Searchers DVD
ON SALE


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