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American Gothic House Center, Eldon

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  • This is an interesting exhibit of American art. American Gothic by Grant Wood is an iconic piece of art. This is where it started. There is a nice museum covering the life of Grant Wood. You can even ...  more »
  • We took a detour off I-80 just past Des Moines on our way back from Colorado. We stopped first in Ottumwa for lunch at the Canteen Lunch in the Alley in Ottumwa (you should do this, too). The town of ...  more »
  • I had no idea this place existed. We just saw the sign on an uneventful trip between St Louis and Des Moines. Definitely worth the 15 minute trip off the interstate. There is no entry fee but make sur...  more »
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  • Very polite staff / volunteers and best of all, it's FREE (during my visit). The staff help dress you up and you can bring your own camera to take pictures. They happily accept donations. There's a small museum in an attached room.
  • We've heard about the American Gothic House for a couple years and finally got down a chance to visit and we were not disappointed. The second most recognized image in the art world is a nestled off the main road in the town of Eldon, pop 927. The chance to come see this place is like having the opportunity to talk with Mona Lisa and ask her if she's happy or sad, but here you get a chance to put on American Gothic garb and pose for your own parody of the famous portrait. In the past at least - During the summer months, the Pitchfork Pie Stand is operated over of the house and you get a chance to walk in the living room and check out some of the better pie we've ever tasted. Inside the center, there's a lovely area with plenty of information about the history of the portrait, Grant wood (the artist) and some very nice volunteers who tell stories about the inspiration behind the picture. The gift shop has eveything from shirts to DVDs and will give you plenty of opportunities to bring friends and family members proof you saw THE American Gothic house. Great folks working here, some excellent photo ops and chance to visit one of the most iconic places in the world are reason enough to visit Eldon. The pie shop in the summer is a bonus to an already wonderful trip!
  • What a gem we stumbled upon. We stopped by on our way home to Alabama from the 65th National Square Dance Convention in Des Moines, Iowa. The staff was awesome and the facility was immaculate. The gardens are outstanding! What an awesome memory.
  • We have visited the Eldon Gothic House many times. It is an excellent museum. There are several rooms of exhibits, a gift shop, and an interesting movie about Grant Wood. The people who work at the museum are friendly and helpful. The original home with the window used by Grant Wood in his paintings is located on the property. I highly recommend the Eldon Gothic House.
  • Enjoyed a few hours here touring the museum and then getting dressed up to take the iconic picture in front of the house! Staff was friendly and very knowledgeable. They were patient and took multiple pictures with our phones!