Fort Worth Becomes the John Wayne Epicenter of the United States — New Museum in the Stockyards Celebrates a Cowboy Legend
IBet you didn’t know there is a John Wayne Museum in the Fort Worth Stockyards. I also only recently did it. The John Wayne: An American Experience exhibit quietly opened in the Stockyards last December as part of the much-touted redevelopment of Mule Alley.
The official inauguration of the museum, which is filled with pictures and a curated collection of personal items and movie costumes from the movie star and Western icon, will take place next Wednesday, May 26th.
The day is officially known as John Wayne Day in Texas and the Wayne family will be present at the Fort Worth Stockyard to celebrate his life and legacy.
The John Wayne Experience welcomes the Wayne family to Fort Worth on May 26th.
The Wayne family shares Duke’s legacy with Fort Worth. The day of celebration begins with the proclamation in honor of John Wayne Day. This is followed by a reception at the Stockyards Plaza with live music and festivities for the whole family.
The John Wayne: A American Experience exhibition spans 10,000 square feet. The layout takes you on an intimate tour of the life of the screen legend. Starting with his early childhood and career, each room illuminates an aspect of Wayne’s life.
For film lovers, an extensive gallery entitled “Life on Screen” displays some of Wayne’s most famous film props and costumes. In the America Why I Love Her gallery, visitors can immerse themselves in patriotism through Grammy-nominated original poems recited by the Duke himself.
Film wardrobe from the screen.
Later on the evening of May 26th, the Wayne family will host a private event in honor of John Wayne’s birthday at the Hotel Drover. Expect live music, food, and a preview of the new Duke Tequila. Duke Tequila is an addition to the Duke Grand Cru Reserve offering and a tribute to John Wayne’s experience in Mexico. It is finished in French Napa Grand Cru oak barrels, which are also used for Duke Reserve Bourbon and Rye.
An additional anejo and a commemorative reposado will be available in limited editions nationwide from the beginning of this summer. Pricing will range from $ 64 to $ 250, and a portion of the proceeds from all Duke Tequila sales will support the John Wayne Cancer Foundation.
It’s John Wayne’s world. Especially in Fort Worth, the new epicenter for everything Wayne has to offer.