Museum Info

319 2nd Street
Gladbrook, IA 50635


Museum Hours:

Open April 1 thru Nov. 30

7 days a week from 1-5 pm

Handicap Accessible 


Admission Fees:

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




For additional information

call: 641.473.2410 or Email Us

  Two-headed Dragon



  The two-headed dragon required 272,000 matchsticks to complete in April, 2016.  The dragon measues 11 feet in length,

has a wingspan of 10 feet, and stands 5 feet tall.



The dragon feature animation including wings that flap, simulated fire breathing and fierce reptilian sounds!



    The two-headed dragon was comissioned by Ripley's Believe it or Not and will only be displayed at Matchstick Marvels throught the

end of June.


Pat Acton began construction of the matchstick dragon in July 2015, and completed the 2000-hour project in April 2016. The model is automated with moving wings, simulated fire breathing, and fierce sound effects. The majority of the 272,000 matchsticks used in its construction had to be individually bent and shaped before being glued in place. Nine gallons of wood glue were used in its construction. The dragon was commissioned by Ripley’s Believe It or Not, but will be on display at Matchstick Marvels in Gladbrook through the end of June, 2016.

According to Wikipedia, the legendary dragon is usually shown with reptilian features. Asian mythology usually depicts the creature with power and authority, and serpent-like features, four legs, and no wings. In China, archeological finds of whale and dinosaur remains contributed to dragon lore. The three-clawed dragon was representative of the peasants, four-clawed for nobility, and five claws on each foot denoted only the Emperor. By medieval times, depictions of European dragons were winged, fire-breathing monsters that gave rise to the noble protectors – the Dragonslayers!