Zweifel White House opens in Ford Library

The Zweifel White House in Miniature exhibit just opened at the Gerald Ford Library and Museum in Grand Rapids, Michigan.

January 20 through May 24, 2009
GRAND RAPIDS — The White House in Miniature exhibit will be back at the Gerald R. Ford Museum.  Americans will now have the chance to get an insiders tour of “The Presidents’ House” without the hassles of traveling to the nation’s capital. That is why John and Jan Zweifel have labored since 1962 to create The White House in Miniature, a breathtaking scale model of the White House that is 60 feet long and 20 feet wide. The replica took more than 35 years to research, design and construct.

Among the features are tiny, working televisions, hand-carved chairs and tables, crystal chandeliers, portraits and miniature carpets that reproduce the originals stitch by stitch- each nuance of the White House is painstakingly reproduced to capture the elegance of one of the world’s most recognized residences.

If it took me 35 years to do something, I wouldn’t be bragging about it. Then again, working miniature televisions? Whoa.

I live 2.5 hours away from this, so if the weather is good in the next couple of weeks, I’ll probably find some time to visit.

2 thoughts on “Zweifel White House opens in Ford Library

  1. Derek,

    This is Tim. I wrote you an email a little while ago. I didn’t know the minituare was in Grand Rapids. If you plan a trip let me know, I have always wanted to see this thing!

  2. It’s well worth seeing. They had it (the Zweifel miniature White House) at the Smithsonian in D.C. when I was there in 1992 (17 years ago! Yikes!). It’s *huge* and there was a line that snaked around in the Museum of American History (or whatever the name of that museum is – it used to be called “History and Technology…) There’s also a book on it called “The White House in Minature” by Gail Buckland. Here’s a link to it on Amazon.

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