Museum Info

319 2nd Street
Gladbrook, IA 50635

 

Museum Hours:

Open April 1 thru Nov. 30

7 days a week from 1-5 pm

 

 

Admission Fees:

Adults: $5.00
Ages 5-12: $3.00
Under 5 yrs: FREE

 

 

For additional information

call: 641.473.2410 or Email Us

Minas Tirith!


The Great White City. . .  City of Kings. . .   Capital of Gondor. . .


Matchstick Marvels will take you on another fantastic journey as Patrick Acton has completed his matchstick model of J.R.R. Tolkien's City of Kings from the Lord of the Rings trilogy! Come along for a trip to Middle Earth and its Great White City, Minas Tirith.


Acton's version of Minas Tirith is one of his biggest and most detailed matchstick models yet, as he has constructed his rendition of the tremendously ancient city that Tolkien says "appears hewn from the rock of Mount Mindolluin" in the White Mountains.  Tolkien's fortress city is said to tower 700 feet above the Pelennor Fields in Middle Earth's land of Gondor.  Acton's matchstick version of the seven-level city was started in 2007 and took nearly three years when completed in February 2010. The Minas Tirith model contains hundreds of city buildings and is topped with the Citadel, the Tree of Gondor, and the White Tower of Ecthelion.


Visit Matchstick Marvels soon and see the Minas Tirith model before its scheduled departure in 2011. Minas Tirith will be on display at the Matchstick Marvels Tourist Center for one year. See the 420,000 matchsticks used in its construction, and an additional 24,000 small wooden blocks that have been used to construct Mount Mindolluin, which supports the huge matchstick structure. Come to see Minas Tirith and follow the gates, ramps, tunnels, and passageways as they ascend the seven levels comprising the city fortress.

 

Patrick Acton | The Matchmaker
February 16, 2010
So many matchsticks!  So little time!


 

 

(Disclaimer: Matchstick Marvels is not responsible for injuries suffered from Orcs and Uruk-hai.)

 

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The construction of Minas Tirith began April 7, 2007, and was completed February 15, 2010.