John Wayne: An American Experience


February 05, 2021 to December 31, 2021


Fort Worth Stockyards View map
131 E. Exchange Ave,
Fort Worth, TX, 76164

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  • Cost: $21.95 adults; $17.95 children 6–12; free for children 5 and younger. Military discounts available in store
  • Ages: All ages


John Wayne: An American Experience is permanently located in the Historic Exhibits Building in the Fort Worth Stockyards next to the Cowtown Coliseum and across the street from Mule Alley.

Sprawling over 10,000 square feet, the John Wayne: An American Experience exhibit is structured to give you 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 the film aficionados, an extensive gallery called the “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.

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, whose values translate both on the silver screen and off.

In addition to the exhibit, the space in the Stockyards features a 2,000 square foot retail space, which is stocked with limited-edition items including apparel, headwear, books, drinkware, fine art western photography, leather goods and western accessories. Guests will also be able to sit and enjoy a beverage or two in the Lounge, featuring Duke Bourbon and other spirits.

The exhibit takes about an hour to tour but feel free to go at your own pace. Open Monday–Sunday 9am–6pm; closed Thanksgiving or Christmas. Note that everyone is required to wear a mask in the building. Photos welcome without flash.