The interactive exhibit "John Wayne: The Genuine Article" debuts as part of "A Country Christmas" celebration, November 11th - December 31st at the Gaylord Opryland Resort & Convention Center. The exhibit features a journey of John Wayne’s life with never-before-seen memorabilia, iconic film props, a behind-the-scenes glimpse into John Wayne’s private life & more. The exhibit, which is based on the New York Times best-selling book of the same title, will feature six interactive rooms: • Inventing John Wayne: The first room will tell the story of how John Wayne got his start from his early childhood days to the creation of the persona that defined his character. Known for his walk, visitors can learn his “rolling gate,” as they listen to his legendary voice & learn the origins of his iconic style. • Western Man: The second room highlights what John Wayne is most remembered as, the authentic western man, & captures the spirit of the west with his film costumes, hats, belts, boots, guns, etc. Visitors will be able to try on his hat, beat John Wayne at quick draw, view a timeline of his 84 Western movies and more. • Our Glorious Industry: Though a humble man, John Wayne was a Hollywood movie star. The third room dives into his role and legacy in filmmaking with a glimpse at original scripts, his nearly 200 feature films, industry awards including his Oscar, correspondence with other famous Hollywood legends and more. • John Wayne The Patriot: John Wayne loved his country & was a champion of American values both on & off the screen. In the fourth room, visitors can read letters from Presidents, see his Congressional Gold Medal & Presidential Medal of Freedom – the highest civilian awards in the United States, & recognitions from various military branches, his uniforms from films & more. • For The Fans: Highlighting not only how beloved John Wayne was but also how much he loved his fans the fifth room will contain fan mail & correspondence, memorable stories & more. • Family Moments: From the sunny beaches of Newport Beach, California to Wayne’s Arizona ranch, his boat The Wild Goose & film sets, John Wayne was a beloved family man. Visitors will see never-before-seen photos of his family life, treasured family objects & more.