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Come to Eldon, Iowa and view the exterior of the house that inspired Grant Wood to paint American Gothic, one of the most recognized paintings in the world. Tour the adjacent American Gothic House Center which showcases Grant Wood’s life and the history of the house. Props on hand encourage visitors to pose in front of the historic American Gothic House and create their own unique American Gothic portrait.

Eldon is located on Highway 16, six miles south of Highway 34 between Ottumwa and Fairfield, Iowa.


Once you reach Eldon follow the brown signs to the American Gothic House.  Please note–many GPS units do not provide correct directions to the house, so please follow the brown signs.

Hours of Operation:

Winter Hours (October-April)

Tuesday-Friday:  10:00am – 4:00pm

Saturday-Monday:  1:00pm – 4:00pm

Summer Hours (May – September)

Tuesday – Saturday: 10:00am – 5:00pm

Sunday – Monday: 1:00pm – 4:00pm


Other hours available by appointment. Call: 641-652-3352 or email:



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

Please call 641-652-3352 to confirm holiday hours.