Location: City Centre Building Mailing Address: P. O. Box 266
319 Second Street Gladbrook, IA 50635
Gladbrook, IA 50635
Phone Number: 641-473-2410
Contact: JoAnn Ruopp, Manager
Hours: April 1 thru November 30, 1:00 – 5:00 P.M. 7 days a week , closed Easter Sunday and Thanksgiving Day.
Motorcoach and smaller group tours welcome year-round any time by appointment.
Admission Cost: Adults $5.00; ages 5-12 $3.00; under 5 free with an adult. Two complimentary admissions for an escort and a bus driver with a group tour.
Description: Since 1977 Gladbrook artist Patrick Acton has created dozens of wooden sculptures made exclusively of ordinary wooden matchsticks. With over five million matchsticks and hundreds of gallons of glue, he has created more than 70 highly detailed and painstakingly scaled models. Many models have historical significance, such as the Iowa governor’s mansion, Terrace Hill, and a thirteen-foot scaled model of the USS Iowa battleship along with 14 others on display here at Matchstick Marvels. Ripley’s Believe It or Not has purchased several of Acton’s matchstick models to place in their museums throughout the world. Experience some of the best matchstick art in the world and the story that began it all!
Miscellaneous: Our building has handicap accessible entryways and large restrooms for your convenience. Bus parking is available in front or along the side of our building.
Payment: We do not accept credit cards so payment needs to be by check or cash. Checks can be made out to Matchstick Marvels.
For things to do while you are visiting check our in the Area page.
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