Clermont, Florida: Presidents Hall of FameWax dummies of all the Presidents plus patriotic statues, murals, and architecture, a tray of cookies from the Bush White House, and other odd Presidential ephemera.
Wax figures, White House miniatures, and displays full of memorabilia present the march of US Presidents through history. Roadsideamerica.com Report... [01/19/2009]
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Doesn't look like much when you see the outside of the building. It needs a new paint job, but the White House miniature inside blew me away. It was well worth the cost of admission. The attention to detail was inspiring. I hope the owner passes down his masterpiece to capable hands.[Joe Americana, 09/08/2013]
The scale replica of the White House has finished its 15 year journey and is on display at the President's Hall of Fame. I was fortunate enough to meet the creator of the White house and owner of the museum, John Zweifel. John told me he was proud to be part of Roadside America, but said that he objected to people on the internet saying his attraction was dusty and falling apart. John was very excited talking about the items in his museum and told me that he was also involved in the creation of House on the Rock and Circus World in Wisconsin as well as the Circus Museum in Sarasota, FL.[Jacob Krejci, 08/25/2011]
Presidents Hall of Fame is packed full of kitschy, interesting memorabilia. It has a real folk art component, since many of the miniatures are hand-made and show the workman's handiwork. Real artifacts like Tom Thumb's carriage and Lincoln's death mask (replica) exist side-by-side with hand-carved Christmas and circus displays. Push a button and dioramas light up, figures move and music plays. A constant running video of Ronald Reagan's funniest jokes sets the scene in the background.
The lighting is dim, but there is just so much to see from dresses of the first ladies to White House china. Being Florida, of course they had a voting machine from the 2000 election. And ephemera from the 2008 election, including an Obama cut-out in the oval office! Don't miss Kramer/Lincoln![Rick Kilby, 01/08/2009]
Call me old fashioned, but despite the staggering array of presidential ephemera, I miss this museum in its original form some 20-25 years ago as the "House of Presidents," as I recall. When you paid admission, you were ushered into a small dark paneled room with a dozen or so chairs where you would sit down. The first 10 or so wax presidents stood just feet away from you, silent and staring out, which was a little creepy in itself. A light would come on the first president and an audio spiel would commence telling a bit about the president. This would continue until the last president was highlighted. You would then be ushered into another dark panelled room with the next series of presidents.
When you finished with the last room, you exited into a little shop where there was a hole cut into a wall -- you could peer into and see the audio equipment that played the spiels.
A 'score' of years later, I was a bit saddened to see those original figures now disheveled and stuck here and there amidst the huge collection of presidential items. These other things were quite interesting, don't get me wrong, but I felt sorry for these old wax Presidents, some of which were losing their wigs and fingers.[Ron Jaffe, 10/24/2005]
The Hall of Presidents in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, operated the same way (maybe it still does), with chronological groups of presidents telling the story of America "in their own voices." It took almost an hour to wade through all the rooms -- too slow for today's soundbite kids. The format eventually faltered in some places, and the Chief Executives clammed up...