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American Gothic House Center Eldon

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American Gothic House Center
300 American Gothic Street
Eldon
IA
52554
Tel: 641-652-3352

Where are we going today?

Have you ever seen the painting American Gothic? Well, if you have, now you can see the actual house that inspired it!

The American Gothic House Center in Iowa is THE place to go to learn all about the life of artist Grant Wood, and see that real life inspiration behind the painting.

It's one of the most recognized paintings in the world!

Kids can learn about history, art and culture during their visit. The American Gothic House Center showcases the life of Grant Wood, as well as the history of that iconic house.

There are galleries and exhibits telling the story of his life, including artifacts from his life. 

There are props available to encourage families to pose in front of the house and create their own unique portrait! How fun!

The house was actually build back in the late 1800s, and now it's listed on the National Register of Historic Places - pretty impressive! The painting was completed in 1930 and since then, the house has been an attraction for those interested in the world of art. 

American Gothic House Center is also a great place for kids to study the architecture of the house too! It was those original gothic windows that were the focus of the painting, and also one of the original features of the house. What do you think of those iconic gothic windows!

Take a trip through history, through the art world, and through culture at the American Gothic House Center!

Don't forget to get that parody family photo now!

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How much does it cost?

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When can we go?

10am - 4pm Tues to Fri / 1pm - 4pm Sun & Mon. 5pm close summer.

All year round. Closed for county observed holidays.

Teachers corner

It's great for field trips! All class sizes are welcome, and the kids will learn a lot of fun history and enjoy activities. They can always offer you programs for the classroom if you can't make the visit. .

Any Top Tips?

Check out the Media Room at the center because there is a great documentary that will really tell the story of his life!.

Doing our bit

They are dedicated to telling the story and preserving the history of this iconic house and artists's life. .

Need a little extra help?

If you have special needs, just give them a call to check how they can help you!.

Can I get one of those?

There is a gift shop where you can pick up a print of that famous work, as well as books and other items relating to the piece! .

More information

They can arrange tours out of normal hours if you need.

What people are saying?

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    It was closed while we were passing through. But still nice to see. Lots of pesky flying insects so we didn't stay long. Grabbed a pamphlet, took a few pictures, and continued on our way.
    The area was very clean. Very quiet. And seemed very safe. What more could you ask for in an attraction.

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    Fun side trip. Volunteers dress you up and take your picture. Recommend for anyone in the SE Iowa area. Lots of information on Grant Wood in the visitors center. Homemade pies in the house.

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    Easy to find. large brown signs along the highway. Just have to go where they point! Excelent!

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