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.
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
Today, the Iowa House approved a resolution recognizing John Wayne’s birthday, May 26th, as John Wayne Day in Iowa. This resolution was co-sponsored by myself, Rep. Stan Gustafson (R), Rep. Jim Carlin (R), Rep Liz Bennett (D) and Representative Ako Abdul-Samad (D). The resolution was unanamously adopted.
The Resolution reads:
“A Resolution recognizing the national significance of actor John Wayne’s accomplishments and designating May 26, 2017 as John Wayne Day in Iowa. WHEREAS, John Wayne was born Marion Robert Morrison in Winterset, Iowa on May 26, 1907; and WHEREAS, John Wayne was among the top Hollywood box office film stars for three decades and starred in 159 films; and WHEREAS, 83 of John Wayne’s films were Westerns, in which John Wayne personified for millions the nation’s frontier heritage; and WHEREAS, the John Wayne birthplace home in Winterset has been visited by more than 1 million visitors since first opening in 1982, including President Ronald Reagan, film legend Maureen O’Hara, all of John Wayne’s children, and guests from all 50 states and countless foreign countries; and WHEREAS, the Iowa Tourism Board and the Travel Federation of Iowa have honored the John Wayne Birthplace and Museum with the 2016 Outstanding Attraction Award; and WHEREAS, John Wayne received the Academy Award for Best Actor in 1969 for his role in the film “True Grit”; and WHEREAS, in honor of his enduring status as an iconic American, John Wayne was formally recognized by the United States Congress on May 26, 1979, when he was awarded the Congressional Gold Medal, the nation’s highest civilian honor; and WHEREAS, on June 9,1980, John Wayne was posthumously awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom by President Jimmy Carter as “an example and a symbol of true American grit and determination”; and WHEREAS, the mere mention of the name “John Wayne” produces images of courage and patriotism; NOW THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED BY THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES, That the House of Representatives recognizes the national significance of John Wayne’s accomplishments and designates May 26, 2017, henceforth as John Wayne Day in Iowa.”