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 scheduled tour groups of all sizes 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.
In addition, we ask that tours that are scheduled to have a minimum of 10 people in the group. (Depending on the time of year though, we may be able to make accommodations for smaller groups.)
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 produced by PBS)
Photos in front of the house (costumes and props available)
Docent led tour of the Gothic House
Please note: Visitors to the house will only be allowed to tour the ground floor, as the stairs to the second floor are steep, winding, and have no handrail. In addition, the House is not easily accessible for individuals with mobility issues, as there is a slight hill leading up to the house, 2 steps to get onto the porch, and one step to get inside the house.
We have the following available for your use:
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.
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.
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.
The Center itself is not available for rental, only its amenities.
2 outdoor picnic tables
Patio & Amenities:
20 folding chairs (can be moved outside)
3 tables (can be moved outside)
Visitor center services: Use of costumes for photos, chance to view exhibits and purchase souvenirs from the gift shop.
Please contact the administrator at 641-652-3352 or firstname.lastname@example.org if you would like further details on rental possibilities, or to schedule your rental at the American Gothic House Center.
Renting the Gothic House
If you are interested in renting the Gothic House itself, arrangements can be made for this. Please reach out to our administrator (same contact info as above) for more details on renting the American Gothic House. (Since we, the Center, do not own the house, the rental is arranged on behalf of the State Historical Society of Iowa, but we are happy to provide you with further information and the rental forms for this.)
The cost to rent the house is $100, with $50 non-refundable deposit due at the time of reservation. (The deposit will be released if SHSI denies the application.) This rental fee does not include the use of the Center’s patio and/or amenities. For the full list of rules regarding what can and cannot be done inside the House, please reach out to the Center’s administrator for more details.