American Gothic House Center


In 1930, Grant Wood took a tour of a small Iowa town, and spotted a little white house with a large Gothic window. Inspired, Wood quickly sketched the house, and returned home to Cedar Rapids to paint American Gothic, the second most recognized pai
  nting in the world. The house stands to this day, and its exterior is viewed by thousands of people each year.

The interior of the American Gothic House itself is only open on the second Saturday of the month, April through October.

The American Gothic House Center is situated adjacent to the Gothic House with accessible sidewalks leading up to the photo-op area in front of the house- complete with a gothic window-shaped selfie stand!

Our parking lot and grounds are always accessible to the public, regardless of visitor center hours.

Our center features an exhibition gallery about the history of the Gothic House, American Gothic, Grant Wood, and more. The media room includes two videos (a 30-minute documentary geared towards adults and a 17-minute cartoon for kids). The gift shop has a wide selection of souvenirs and gifts relating to Grant Wood and Iowa. In addition to the usual souvenirs of postcards and ornaments, magnets and mugs, we also have a variety of handmade crafts and original art from artists and crafters in the local community, as well as Iowa-made candles from the marvelous Milkhouse Candle Co. Costumes and pitchforks may be provided to our visitors, subject to weather and staff availability, to help capture your own parody in front of the Gothic House! Language and braille guides are also available.

Admission to the center, as well as all amenities, are free for our visitors to use. Donations are accepted, and help us keep the center open and free for all! No tickets or reservations are required.

Public events are held at the American Gothic House Center. Click here to see the current calendar of what's happening!

Group tours to the American Gothic House & Center are a great addition to any tour itinerary. Whether you are interested in history, art, a great photo opportunity, or a stroll through our beautiful native prairie gardens, we have something for everyone in your group.

American Gothic House Center invites all classes of any size to visit the Center. We offer a variety of options to both educate and inform, and are happy to tailor our programming to meet your students’ needs. We’re also happy to work with students of all ages, whether they’re just starting out in elementary school, or are in a college-level class.
We are also happy to present at your club or group, whether school-age or adult.

If you would like a sneak peek as to what your visitor experience could be, click here for a short video.

Click here to read about one visitor's experience.

For more information on the American Gothic House Center, click here.


WED - SAT: 10AM - 4PM
SUN: 1PM - 4PM

We will be closed in observance of the following holidays:

Easter Sunday

Veteran’s Day- November 11th

Thanksgiving and Black Friday

Christmas Eve and Christmas Day

Last admission to the visitor center is 10 minutes before close (3:50pm).

If you are planning to visit the American 
Gothic House Center during inclement weather, please call first to be sure we are open at: 641-652-3352.

We will follow closure protocols of the City of Eldon as well as Wapello County offices and schools in order to keep our visitors and employees safe.