group tours


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.

In order to ensure we have enough staff on hand to accommodate your tour, we generally ask tour groups of 12 or more to pay a fee of $2 per person. This fee makes it possible for us to give your group the best experience possible when visiting us.

Pre-arranged group tour services include:

  • Welcome and an introduction to American Gothic, Grant Wood, and the House.

  • Choice of two educational films (17 minute cartoon geared towards kids or a 30 minute documentary about Grant Wood and his art)

  • Photos in front of the house (costumes and props available)

  • Docent led tour of the Gothic House

    • (please note the the house is not easily accessible for people with mobility issues)

We have the following available for your use:

  • Bus parking

  • Restrooms

  • One wheelchair

  • Two outdoor picnic tables

Visit length depends on how many people you have in your group and how many of the above activities you decide to participate in. Visits vary between 30 and 90 minutes, with an average visit lasting about 1 hour.


For group tours of 12 or more, please make arrangements in advance of your visit so Center staff can best accommodate your tour. To schedule your group tour, contact our administrator at 641-652-3352 or Please note that we are happy to schedule tours outside of our normal hours of operation with advanced arrangement.

Call or email to schedule your tour now!


Rent the American Gothic House Center for your next party, meeting, or any occasion.

The patio in front of the American Gothic House is a unique, picturesque site to hold your small wedding ceremony or other special occasion. The scenic gardens create the perfect setting for outdoor events on the lawn, porch, or patio.

Rental fees

  • Patio only: $50 (available from 4pm to sunset)

  • Patio & Amenities: $100 (available from 4pm to sunset)

  • Rental deposit must be made at the time of reservation (50% of fees) with the balance to be paid at least 10 days prior to the scheduled event.



  • Alcohol and smoking are not permitted on the premises.

  • Food is not permitted in the Center.

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Rental Amenities

Patio only:

  • 2 outdoor picnic tables

Patio & Amenities:

  • 20 folding chairs (can be moved outside)

  • 3 tables (can be moved outside)

  • Restroom facilities

  • Visitor center services: Use of costumes for photos, chance to view exhibits and purchase souvenirs from the gift shop.

To reserve

Please contact the administrator at 641-652-3352 or if you would like further details on rental possibilities at the American Gothic House Center.