Tuesday, November 07, 2006

Matchstick Marvels

On Saturday we took the kids to the Matchstick Marvel Museum in Gladbrook. We figured they would really like it (especially Nicky since he builds things out of craftsticks). The first thing you see when you walk in is a HUGE model of Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. It is unbelieavable. It looks just like in the movies! The detailing is incredible. The docent was a very nice old lady. She gave us incredible bits of information about the models and the artist. Hogwarts and another model have been sold to a museum in Spain. Many of the artist's previous models are in Ripley's Believe it or Not museums worldwide. We were especially lucky to get to meet the artist as he brought in another piece of Hogwarts. Making the marvels is a hobby for him that he only works on in the winter. He's employed full time besides!

Notre Dame de Chartres is the other model that has been purchased by the Spanish museum. I was especially impressed with this model because I've been to this very cathedral! The artist has even added the rose windows and 110 saints statues on it. All of the models are to scale.

The United States Capital -

A Very Crooked House

On our way to Gladbrook we swung past the bitty town of Lincoln and went past the EXTREME MAKEOVER HOME EDITION house. It wasn't as impressive as I thought it would be judging from all the press I'd heard and read. However the fact that it and 2 outbuildings were made in a week is astounding.

Overall it was a great day for a drive and a great bargain for the museum!

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

VERY cool. Looks like a fun place to visit!