John Wayne exhibit set to open at South Point Hotel in Vegas

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John Wayne in the 1965 movie "The Sons of Katie Elder."
John Wayne in the 1965 movie "The Sons of Katie Elder." Photo Credit: John Wayne Enterprises/John R. Hamilton

The larger-than-life American icon known around the world as "The Duke" is the subject of an interactive exhibit, "John Wayne: Spirit of the West," from Dec. 5 to 14 at the South Point Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas.

Guests can learn more about the movie star through never-before-seen memorabilia, iconic film props and other elements that capture the spirit of the West. Wayne, who lived from 1907 to 1979, was among the top box office draws for three decades.

"This exhibit is exciting because it really covers all aspects of my father's colorful life, but highlights what he is most remembered as, an authentic Western man," said Ethan Wayne, son of the legendary actor. "The different installations will paint a full picture and tell his story by highlighting his true passions: filmmaking, the outdoors, family and the West. It is an honor to share it with the public."

Among the highlights: film costumes and props, photography and correspondence. A 1,000-square-foot retail space, John Wayne Stock & Supply, will feature limited-edition items, including apparel, books, leather goods and Western accessories.

"He really loved the West," Ethan Wayne said. "His heartfelt belief was that America's frontier was, back in the day, a place of wide-open spaces where pioneering acts of heroism and adventure occurred because people were in pursuit of a better life."

A 600-square-foot gallery will display vintage rodeo, Western lifestyle and celebrity photography by John R. Hamilton.

Fans in town for the National Finals Rodeo (Dec. 5 to 14) may be especially interested in the 2,000-square-foot exhibit at the hotel-casino, which hosts a number of events related to the rodeo.

"John Wayne: Spirit of the West" will be open from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily. Admission is free.

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