American Gothic House – Eldon, Iowa
Just south of Hwy 34 in southern Iowa between Ottumwa and Fairfield, this small community waits to welcome you and show you what Iowa artist Grant Wood found so charming!
Wood sketched this house located in Eldon, Iowa on an August 1930 visit to the area and later painted it as the background for his world-famous painting, "American Gothic".
Although the inside of the house is not open to the public, you can visit the outside as Grant Wood did and strike your own American Gothic pose.
Costumes and pitch fork are available from the visitor center!
Enjoy the collection of American Gothic parodies, educational exhibit and videos on Grant Wood’s life, put together the magnet puzzles and check out the selection of memorabilia in the gift shop.
The State Historical Society of Iowa owns and preserves the American Gothic House and it is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The Visitor Center is owned by the City of Eldon and operated by Wapello County.
House Hours: Open 24/7 from outside
Visitor Center Hours:
May-Sept Tues-Sat, 10 a – 5 p & Sun-Mon, 1 p – 4 p
Oct-Apr Tues-Fri, 10 a – 4 p & Sat-Mon, 1 p – 4 p
Closed Holidays: New Years Day, Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, Presidents Day, Memorial Day, Independence Day, Labor Day, Veterans’ Day, Thanksgiving Day, Friday After Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Eve, Christmas Day
Admission: Free Will Donation
Location: 300 American Gothic St; Eldon, IA 52554
Directions: Between Ottumwa and Fairfield, 6 miles south of Highway 34 on Highway 16