Visit the house that inspired one of the most iconic pieces of American art…


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 house still stands to this day, and is visited by thousands of people each year.

American Gothic, 1930. By Grant Wood (1891-1942). All rights reserved Wood Graham Beneficiaries/Licensed by VAGA, New York, NY.


What’s going on

We’re more than just a photo-op! Our center holds events throughout the year, often family-friendly and always fun!

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Our center hosts numerous tour groups each year, from small local clubs, to bus tours traversing the Midwest.

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Education is a cornerstone of our visitor center. From hosting field trips, to classroom visits, to providing resources on art and local history, we hope to be an asset to kids and schools in Iowa and beyond.