Tours & Info

Birthplace Tour Information and Hours

  • Regular Hours: We are open seven days a week, 10:00 am to 5:00 pm, except Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day, New Year’s Day and Easter.
  • Winter hours of 10:00 am to 4:00 pm are in effect from December – February, returning to regular hours March 1st.
  • The Museum and the Birthplace house are open daily. The birthplace house closes at 4:30 daily, and the museum closes at 5:00 (in the regular season). Hours are shortened in the winter as indicated. The house is not open for tours in December, January and February.)
  • All tours of the Museum and Birthplace home are self-guided. Staff will be available in both locations to answer questions.
  • The Museum and Birthplace house are handicap accessible.
  • Tickets are purchased at the Birthplace Museum at 205 S. John Wayne Drive, at the corner of John Wayne Drive and Washington Street.

Location and Directions

We are conveniently located just 14 miles south of I-80 (take US Hwy 169, Exit 110) and 14 miles west of I-35 (take Iowa Hwy 92, exit 56).

From Interstate 80:
Take Exit 110 (US Highway 169) south through DeSoto and follow it approximately 14 miles into Winterset, where it becomes John Wayne Drive. Stay on John Wayne Drive one block past the Courthouse Square. The John Wayne Birthplace Museum is on the southeast corner.

From Interstate 35:
Take Exit 56 (State Highway 92) west approximately 14 miles to the junction with U.S. 169 in Winterset (there’s a Hardees restaurant on the corner). Turn left (south) onto John Wayne Drive. Stay on John Wayne Drive one block past the Courthouse Square. The John Wayne Birthplace Museum is on the southeast corner.


Admission Fees

Adults: $20.00

Seniors (60 & over): $19.00

Veterans: $17.00

Active Military: Free

Children age 8 – 12: $10.00

Children age 7 & under: Free

Motorcoach tour groups: (20+) $15.00 per person (call to arrange).


Comfortable accommodations are located in Winterset and in the Des Moines area:

Bed & Breakfast by JASS, Winterset, 515-201-7720

Cobblestone Inn & Suites, Winterset

Covered Bridge Inn, Winterset

Hampton Inn Des Moines – West, West Des Moines

Heavenly Habitat Bed & Breakfast, Winterset (Maureen O’Hara stayed here!)

Judge Lewis House, Winterset


The John Wayne Birthplace & Museum does not disclose any nonpublic personal information about our customers or former customers without their permission, to anyone except (1) as absolutely required by law; (2) as needed by our employees to provide services or products to you; (3) to financial service providers as we, in our judgement, deem may be worthwhile to you. We maintain physical, electronic and procedural safeguards that comply with federal regulations to guard your nonpublic personal information.

If you have any concerns about the disclosure of your personal information to third parties, or wish to stop any disclosure that has been noted above, you may call us at (515) 462-1044 or write to us at:

The John Wayne Birthplace & Museum, 205 S. John Wayne Dr., Winterset, Iowa 50273


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