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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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...
Well, what a terrible array of write-ups on one of the most fascinating museums in the state, perhaps even the nation. Every writer has documentation that is inaccurate. First of all, the price paid is $9.95 for adults and $4.95 for children and it always has been that. Each adult gets a free yearly pass. The exhibits inside are glorious and extremely well done. The curator/owner John Zweifel is a well known artisan in miniature, so therefore miniaturized rooms from the White House and Oval Offices are on display along with a circus that he created and a White House being constructed. The model of the White House that travels is not in 1/18th scale, but in 1/12th scale. It has not been at the museum since 2001 and its return is undecided at this time. However, the multitude of artifacts and displays are well worth seeing and guests come back over and over as new exhibits are constantly being added. I feel that the writers on this attraction should take a better look at America as this is what the museum represents. Most patriotic place in America to visit. And, not affiliated with the Citrus tower in any way at all, as most people seem to assume.[Carol, Presidents Hall of Fame Manager, 08/17/2005]