News Release True West Magazine
Editor: Stuart Rosebrook
Hundreds of museums celebrate the American West (including more than a few east of the Mississippi). But True West magazine says the John Wayne Birthplace Museum in Winterset, Iowa, is one of the best.
In fact, the museum is #10 in True West’s Top 10 Western Museums of 2019.
Western Spirit: Scottsdale’s Museum of the West took top honors.
The entire list of best museums is in True West’s September 2019 issue, on newsstands now.
“They don’t come any more Westerns iconic than John Wayne,” says True West Executive Editor Bob Boze Bell. “And the birthplace museum is a rare place that focuses on the man, his legend and his life. It’s truly deserving of recognition as one of the top Western museums.”
Two-time Spur Award-winning writer Candy Moulton and the editors of True West selected the winners for this annual award based on extensive travels, research and firsthand experiences in visiting dozens of Western museums each year.
Moulton says, “For the Duke’s birthday celebration this year the museum highlighted the 50th anniversary of his Academy Award-winning performance in True Grit. The museum has a collection of memorabilia from the actor’s film career.”
The museum feature lists other institutions of note—including regional standouts—and the “Best Western Art Museums,” led by the Heard Museum in Phoenix.
True West magazine is in its 66th year of leading the way in presenting the true stories of Old West adventure, history, culture and preservation. For more information, visit TWMag.com or call 888-687-1881.
We are proud to announce we have received a Hall of Fame award from TripAdvisor®. Only businesses that have received Certificates of Excellence from TripAdvisor for five consecutive years qualify for the Hall of Fame award. To receive each annual Certificate of Excellence, a business must earn consistently great user reviews. The John Wayne Birthplace & Museum has received Certificates of Excellence from TripAdvisor each year since 2014.
We are pleased our visitors have enjoyed our Birthplace & Museum enough to rate us so highly. We will continue to strive for excellence and to bring the delightful experience all our visitors to the John Wayne Birthplace & Museum deserve.
Join Hornblower Cruises as they celebrate the legendary John Wayne in his hometown of Newport Beach, CA, aboard Wild Goose! April 25 – June 16, Celebration Cocktail, Brunch and Dinner Cruises.
Celebrate the life and legend of John Wayne aboard his former yacht, Wild Goose, for a dining cruise with Madame Tussauds Hollywood famous John Wayne wax figure in full Western attire. While you are on board, meet Bert Minshall, John Wayne’s former captain and author of “On Board with the Duke”, who will share stories from his time working with Wayne. Snap a shot and use #JohnWayneGrit to help raise awareness for the John Wayne Cancer Foundation. A portion of all proceeds will be donated to the foundation to help fulfill John Wayne’s last wish: to find a cure for cancer.
Thank you to E.A. Turney for this wonderful letter we recently received:
“At Thanksgiving I collected my mail from my mom’s house that had accumulated over the past several months, including a few items from the John Wayne Birthplace. One item in particular stood out starkly: a full size glossy classic photo of a young Aissa Wayne and her dad, signed by Aissa and personalized to me!!
Now certainly Aissa is unfailingly gracious and exceedingly generous to her dad’s fans. Even so, considering how cool and unique this photo is, I think it’s a pretty safe bet that my friends at the Birthplace had a hand in making it happen. So a sincere thank you to you and Aissa for doing that. It is much appreciated.
John Wayne enthusiasts and culture seekers alike can now step inside the world of an American legend and get to know John Wayne the movie star, world traveler and family man at the new interactive installation, “JOHN WAYNE: The Genuine Article,” at Gaylord Opryland Resort in Nashville on view through January 1, 2018.
The exhibit, which debuted as part of Gaylord Opryland’s A Country Christmas celebration, takes visitors through the journey of John Wayne’s life with never-before-seen memorabilia, iconic film props, a behind-the-scenes glimpse into John Wayne’s private life and more.
JOHN WAYNE: The Genuine Article, based on the New York Times best-selling book of the same title, features six interactive rooms:
Inventing John Wayne: The first room will tell the story of how John Wayne got his start from his early childhood days to the creation of the persona that defined his character. Known for his walk, visitors can learn his “rolling gate,” as they listen to his legendary voice and learn the origins of his iconic style.
Western Man: The second room highlights what John Wayne is most remembered as, the authentic western man, and captures the spirit of the west with his film costumes, hats, belts, boots, guns, etc. Visitors will be able to try on his hat, beat John Wayne at quick-draw, view a timeline of his 84 Western movies and more.
Our Glorious Industry: Though a humble man, John Wayne was a Hollywood movie star. The third room dives into his role and legacy in filmmaking with a glimpse at original scripts, his nearly 200 feature films, correspondence with other famous Hollywood legends and industry awards including his Oscar.
John Wayne The Patriot: John Wayne loved his country and was a champion of American values both on and off the screen. In the fourth room, visitors can read letters from Presidents, see his Congressional Gold Medal and Presidential Medal of Freedom, and recognitions from various military branches, his uniforms from films and more.
For The Fans: Highlighting not only how beloved John Wayne was but also how much he loved his fans the fifth room will contain fan mail and correspondence, artwork, memorable stories and more. In this room, visitors can write a letter to John Wayne and post to the wall and take one of his famous “Good Luck” cards.
Family Moments: From the sunny beaches of Newport Beach, California to Wayne’s Arizona ranch, his boat The Wild Goose and film sets, John Wayne was a beloved family man. Visitors will see never-before-seen photos of his family life, treasured family objects and more.
Tickets are on sale now at genuinearticle.johnwayne.com and on-site at Gaylord Opryland Resort.
This exhibit will travel the U.S. and abroad. To be the first to find where the exhibition will go next, go to: johnwayne.com/genuinearticle and sign up on the email list.
Some quotes about the exhibit:
It is so exciting to see my father’s world come to life for the public to experience and enjoy. The holidays are always a special time for our family and Nashville is such a fun destination during the holiday season. We can’t wait to kick off the opening of the exhibit for families and friends to enjoy quality time together while learning about my father beyond his personas on screen in an interactive way. —Ethan Wayne
Went there on opening day. Wonderful and exciting. Ethan, Marisa, Patrick were there. So exciting to meet them. Worth a drive from anywhere. –Exhibit visitor
My wife and I were the first ones through the door and who do we see waiting to greet us? Ethan himself. Then Patrick and Marisa walk over. What a blessed day for us. Chatting and getting a few pics with these wonderful down to earth people. A big thank you to the Wayne family for bringing this exhibit to Nashville. Bless you all. –Exhibit visitor