John Wayne Experience Offering Free Admission for Dads on Father’s Day

by Matthew Wilson

Celebrate Father’s Day the Duke Way with all things John Wayne. The John Wayne: An American Experience is offering free admission to dads everywhere.

The John Wayne estate announced the good news through their official Instagram account. After all, the Duke felt like a father (or grandfather) to many people. Through his vast catalog of films, Wayne was rugged, perhaps a little crass, but always well-meaning in the end. Just like dear ol’ dad.

On Instagram, the Wayne estate wrote, “‘I am a demonstrative man, a baby picker-upper, a hugger and a kisser – that’s my nature.’ John Wayne loved being a father to his 7 children. In honor of him and other great dads, we will be offering FREE admission in to John Wayne: An American Experience this Father’s Day! Bring your dad & check-in with an associate when you arrive at the museum to receive your free ticket.”

John Wayne As a Father

The estate also shared a black and white photo of John Wayne as a doting father. Wayne always greatly loved spending time with his family and kids. In fact, he considered himself to be the luckiest man around thanks to his seven children. He often doted on his kids, which he had at various stages in his life.

“All I know is that I have been the luckiest man in my business,” Wayne said on “The Phil Donahue Show” in 1976

“I have seven children that I am very proud of. Four of them already grown up,” John Wayne continued. “And, I know a lot of it’s luck and I know also a lot of it is that they’ve felt love and security at home. That’s all I can tell you.”

But Wayne also wasn’t above messing with his kids when he got the chance. He enjoyed playing pranks, especially on his family. For instance, Wayne and his family moved into a house in London while he was working on a movie. His daughter Aissa believed the house was haunted. So cue, a prank from the Duke.

“He put my sister and her friends on the top level,” his daughter Marissa recalled. “In the middle of the night, he would go up there and move stuff around and tilt paintings on the wall to make it look like there was a ghost doing all this. She came tearing down the stairs to [tell everyone], and he’d just roll his eyes, saying she was imagining things. Then, he’d give me a quick wink.”