John Wayne Birthplace Museum Honored by True West Magazine

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 or call 888-687-1881.

John Wayne Birthplace & Museum Earns a TripAdvisor Hall of Fame Award

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.



Celebrate Aboard the Wild Goose on April 25-June 16

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.

 Boarding:  2431 W. Coast Hwy, Newport Beach, CA 92663

With limited and convenient paid parking, please call with any questions.

Please call reserve your space at or call 800-ON-THE-BAY (Reservations required.)

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Mail Bag: Harker Heights, Texas

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.

E.A. Turney
Harker Heights, Texas”