John Wayne Exhibit Offers Dads Free Admission

John Wayne Exhibit offers dads free admission
John Wayne photo by John R. Hamilton

If your dad is a fan of old Western or WWII movies, he’s bound to be a fan of John Wayne. To celebrate Father’s Day, John Wayne: An American Experience offers free walk-in admission to all dads on June 19.

John Wayne was known for his iconic roles in landmark movies, but at heart, he was a family man. He was the father of seven children, who often accompanied him both on screen and on visits to movie sets. The exhibition is Located in the Historic Exhibits Building at the Fort Worth Stockyards.

John Wayne: An American Experience

Sprawling over 10,000 square feet, the John Wayne: An American Experience exhibit is structured to give guests an intimate tour of the life of John Wayne. Starting with his early childhood and career, each room highlights an aspect of The Duke’s legacy. For film aficionados, an extensive gallery called “Life on Screen” highlights the most iconic film props and costumes. In the “America, Why I Love Her” gallery, guests can immerse themselves in patriotism through Grammy-nominated original poems recited by John Wayne.

In the “America, Why I Love Her” gallery, guests can immerse themselves in patriotism through Grammy-nominated original poems, recited by John Wayne. All patrons will have exclusive access to never-before seen family photos and correspondences which have been thoughtfully curated by the Wayne family. They offer guests a holistic view of the icon, whose values translate both on the silver screen and off.

If you’re still seeking a Father’s Day gift, the curated collection of John Wayne-inspired gifts is available in the museum’s John Wayne Stock & Supply’s flagship store, or online at
John Wayne: An American Experience is open Monday-Sunday from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. John Wayne Enterprises mission is to preserve and protect the name, image and likeness of John Wayne by associating the John Wayne brand with quality and timeless products and experiences that embody his spirit and give back to the community. For more information please visit

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Jo Ann Holt is an award-winning journalist with 40+ years of experience as a writer and editor. She loves live performances, from country music concerts to Broadway musicals to community theatre productions. Holt also enjoys art and cultural festivals, and good food and wine. She’s toured Amsterdam, London, Puerto Rico, the Bahamas, and various cities in Mexico but looks forward to visiting even more countries. She has traveled by boat, plane, and train, but especially likes taking long road trips across the U.S. with her husband, retired history professor Durhl Caussey. They enjoy meeting friendly people, learning about different cultures, and visiting historic sites wherever they go.