Our Hall of Presidents and First Ladies.

Ever wonder what our presidents looked like in person? In our Hall of Presidents you can find out! Our museum is dedicated to just that – our American presidents. View a wax figure of each while learning about their legacy in office, as told by word and music in The Story of Your Land, a recollection of our heritage and our presidents, as they might have told it. Our hall also features beautiful murals on the walls that depict the development of America.

In the Hall of First Ladies you will be delighted by our reproductions of the first ladies as each is divinely dressed and styled just as she was for her husband’s inauguration. The figures are 1/3 in size and historically accurate down to their hairstyle. All of the dresses are hand sewn and are identical replicas of the prestigious Smithsonian dress collection.

Behind each masterpiece in the Hall of Presidents and First Ladies are the artists that create them. Ivo Zini is the designer and sculptor behind the heads of Lincoln, Kennedy, Eisenhower, and Nixon (among others). Ivo is well known for helping the disabled through prosthesis, designing for the Sports Hall of Fame Museum & the Theater at Three Rivers Stadium, and being on display at the 1964 World Fair and the Presidential Wax Museum in Florida.

The Halls are graced by a second recognized artist who is responsible for the beautiful murals on the wall that feature the development of America. The man behind these creations is Charles Morganthalar. He is best known for an extensive restoration on the Cyclorana painting in the early 1960’s, prior to its move from the 1913 building to the Mission 1966 building on the battlefield.

Intrigued? There’s much more to learn! Come explore the Hall of Presidents and First Ladies and you will leave inspired by the words and actions of our great historical leaders. We will be open President’s Day Weekend, February 19th – 21st, from 10am until 4pm. Gettysburg residents get in free with a valid id. Visit our Hall of Presidents and First Ladies page for more details.

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  1. April Marx says:

    I have an oriental lamp that my parents got back in the late 50’s. There is an inscription of 56 Ivo Zini. Could this be the same person that designed and sculpted the heads of Lincoln, Kennedy, Eisenhower, Nixon, etc. which are located at the Hall of Presidents and First Ladies?
    I haven’t been able to find info about the lamps so I decided to look up Ivo Zini and I found this article.
    thank you,
    April Marx

    • Gettysburg Battlefield Tours says:

      Ivo Zini was from the Pittsburgh, PA area. I’m not sure if this is the same person or not. I know he did the sculptures for some of the
      Presidents in the Hall of Presidents & First Ladies as a hobby. He did reconstructive surgery as a profession. The Ivo Zini that did our
      sculptures has passed away. I’m sorry I couldn’t be of more help. If you have any other questions, let me know and I’ll see if I can help.

      • Carol Belasco Wasilko says:

        Ivo Zini made original sculptures,then made into molds for plaster of Paris items sold by Silvestri Brothers his brother-in-law’s company from very late 40s on. He was always a kind gentle man who made violins too! They were all close family friends.

    • Laura Zini Roach says:

      This was most likely made by Ivo Zini, my grandfather. There are not any other people by that name. He would’ve been in his thirties around the time that oriental lamp was made. He was an artist his whole life with a broad range of talents, most notably doing prostheses work for disabled/cancer patients.

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