Filming Locations: Where is American Gods filmed?

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Based on the 2001 bestseller novel by Neil Gaiman, American Gods tells the quest of Shadow Moon and Mr. Wednesday to bring the Old Gods (from classical mythology) together, and get ready for the war against the New Gods, invented by man. The gods are a bit like Marvel superheros, but with real life problems, like most of people.

Leading the cast are Ricky Whittle (The 100) as Shadow, Ian McShane (John Wick: Chapter 2, Pirates of the Caribbean) as Wednesday, and Emily Browning (A Series of Unfortunate Events) as Laura Moon.

The two main characters will travel across the country in a road trip, so potentially interesting filming locations are expected. American Gods was filmed basically in Toronto, Oklahoma and Wisconsin:

American Gods Filming Locations
The Cinespace Studios in Toronto served as headquarters for this new Starz series.
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American Gods Location
The funeral scene was shot at Hamilton Cemetery (Ontario).
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Where does American Gods take place
Wyndham Street in Guelph (also in Ontario), was doubling as downtown Chicago. Here is located the bank from the third episode, the Dominion Public Building. Image courtesy of Starz - Map

American Gods Motel
The Starbrite Motel from episode 5 is located outside Toronto, off the Highway 400 at exit 89.
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American Gods film location
Vulcan (Virginia) was filmed in Cambridge (Ontario), near Queens Square, the bridge, the presbyterian church and and in the Galt area. This is a very familiar location for The Handmaid's Tale fans. Image by JJ Losier

American Gods shooting location
The coastal landscapes with the Irish girl from episode 7 belong to Bay Roberts in Newfoundland (Canada).
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Where was American Gods filmed
The mansion of Easter, the Old Goddess of spring, from episode 8 is the Hawkridge Farm (the famous Eaton Family Mansion) in Caledon (Ontario). It was built by George Eaton, heir to the Eaton's Department store chain. At one point it was for sale and listed at 24$ Canadian million. It was the most expensive piece of real estate in the whole country. According to Inside Caledon, "the huge estate covers 150 acres that includes forests, a freshwater stream, cattle pastures, walking trails, gardens and a pond. The 24,000 square foot home includes a large living room, formal dining room, a large kitchen, 11 bedrooms and an indoor pool".
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Where did they film American Gods
For the next locations we move from Canada to the USA. Exterior shots for the prison were filmed on location at McAlester State Penitentiary in Oklahoma. Image courtesy of Starz

Where is American Gods set
The streets of the historic district of Ponca City served as the set for an exterior scene. American Gods was filming at various locations throughout the state of Oklahoma. Image by Jeffrey Beall

American Gods locations
This scene from episode one (with a sign of Shakamak State Park), was filmed at Gloss Mountain, also in Oklahoma. Image courtesy of Starz

American Gods House on the Rock
According to an interview with the press, co-writer Bryan Fuller confirmed that the production team travelled to the House on the Rock in Wisconsin. This place plays an important role in the book (pictured, the Infinity Room). Image by Matt B

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Finally, if you are enjoying the show, we recommend you the brilliant novel by Neil Gaiman American Gods that inspires the series:



  1. Where did they film the last scene in episode 8?

  2. Was any of it filmed in Ireland?

  3. The motel is just off the 400 at exit 89, saw them filming

  4. Vulcans house in the episode where they go visit him is the Scottish Rite masonic centre in Hamilton Ontario.

  5. Does anyone know the motel location from the first episode?

  6. To the last book recommendation, I got the book on Audible after watching the show last year, they have a version of the 10th anniversary book that is performed by the Show's main cast members.