John Wayne Museum Shows Before-and-After Pics of Awe-Inspiring Exhibit

by Jon D. B.
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The work that goes into making John Wayne: An American Experience an incredible one is remarkable, as these behind-the-scenes photos show.

“Started from the bottom, now we’re here… isn’t that what the kids say?” posts the John Wayne Estate on Friday. The Duke’s posthumous caretakers have a fantastic look at the work that goes into the American Experience’s impressive displays, one fans won’t want to miss.

“Swipe to see our Life on Screen room during construction of John Wayne: An American Experience 🤠 Have you visited yet?” their caption continues. Check out the shots for yourself below, before learning a bit more about this excellent museum experience.

And don’t worry, Duke fans! While the post makes it seem as if the experience is being taken down, this is not the case.

According to the official website of John Wayne, the legend’s American Experience sees displays “sprawling over 10,000 square feet,” and is still currently available.

The John Wayne: An American Experience exhibit gives “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 the “Life on Screen” highlights the most iconic film props and costumes,” which is remarkable to behold. In addition, the “America, Why I Love Her” gallery offers an immersive experience where guests will find “patriotism through Grammy-nominated original poems, recited by John Wayne.”

John Wayne: An American Experience Wows Fans

Within the museum, “All patrons will have exclusive access to never-before-seen family photos… And correspondences which have been thoughtfully curated by the Wayne family.”

In order to give guests a “holistic view of the icon,” the experienced tailors to Wayne’s values that “translate both on the silver screen and off.”

Other exhibits are plentiful, as well. The Fort Worth Stockyards also features a 2,000 square foot retail space. There, Duke fans will find “limited-edition items including apparel, headwear, books, drinkware, fine art… Western photography, leather goods and western accessories.”

Thankfully, taking photos of all exhibits is encouraged. A lounge is also available for guests. Within, fans can enjoy a Duke Bourbon or three alongside other spirits.

John Wayne fans can find the displays in the Historic Exhibits Building on the corner of Exchange St. and Rodeo Plaza in the Fort Worth Stockyards of Fort Worth, Texas. Exhibits are open 7 days a week from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Those wishing to visit John Wayne: An American Experience can avoid the line and purchase tickets online right here. “Please note there is a service fee,” their website states. Visitors who do not make their allotted ticket time can check in at the front desk. Staff is more than happy to accommodate changes.