Bradford, Pennsylvania is home to not just to Zippo lighters and Case knives, but also to a commitment to the craft and quality synonymous with "Made in America." We invite you to visit the Zippo/Case Museum, where fans and collectors from across the globe gather to experience the rich history of these two American icons.
Come explore the 15,000 square foot attraction that includes the world famous Zippo repair Clinic and Zippo/Case flagship store. Fourteen custom-made Zippo street lighters line the drive leading up to the building. Over the entrance towers a 40-foot Zippo lighter with pulsating neon flame and an enormous Case Canoe three-blade pocketknife. Enjoy a self-guided tour to learn the rich history of two American icons.
The first museum, the Zippo Family Store and Museum, opened in late 1993. Aptly named, as it featured products for sale from the Zippo family of companies at the time: Zippo, W.R. Case and Sons Cutlery Company and Holgate Toys.
The original museum was quite small and quickly proved inadequate to satisfy the passion of collectors and curiosity of tourists who made the trip to Bradford. In 1995, plans for a brand new and greatly expanded store and museum were initiated. The grand opening of the Zippo/Case Visitors Center took place on July 18, 1997, coinciding with the company’s 65th anniversary celebration. It was the centerpiece of the 1997 Zippo/Case International Swap Meet. More than 8,000 people from around the globe attended the three-day event, inaugurating a flow of international visitors that continues today.
The Zippo/Case Museum now hosts more than 100,000 visitors annually. Collectors and tourists travel from all around the United States and many other countries including Japan, Korea, United Kingdom, Germany, France, Spain, Portugal, and Brazil to revel in their love of these two iconic American brands.
Museum Exhibits that will Spark Your Interest
Just like you don't forget your Zippo lighter or Case knife, you won't forget your first visit to the Zippo/Case museum. You will Experience exhibits like:
- An Ally for the Allies, an exploration of Zippo's contributions to the American effort in WWII.
- The Greatest Supporting Actor of all Times, an illustration of each time a Zippo lighter is in the Hollywood spotlight.
- "It Works or We Fix It Free," a glance into Zippo's famous repairs center.
- Zippo Rocks!, a rocking collection of Zippo's role in the music throughout the years.
- Handicap Accessible
- Restroom Facilities
- Free Bus Parking
- Open 7 days a week (see special closed dates below)
Welcome tour groups!
Contact Historian Shirley Evers at 814-368-2700 to book your tour.
1932 Zippo Drive
Bradford, Pa. 16701
*For GPS, use Chestnut Street Extension
Monday – Saturday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Sunday 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Closed: January 1 & 2, Easter, Thanksgiving, and Christmas. (Open Christmas eve 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. and New Year's eve 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.)
Just off the US Route 219 Expressway
10 Miles south of Interstate 86
(Former NY-17), Exit 23
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