About the project

The Zippo/Case Museum was created to both instill local pride and to attract both visitors and passionate collectors. Visitors to the 15,000 square foot facility find rare and unique Zippo lighters and Case knives and are offered a glimpse into an exciting environment showcasing Zippo’s history, achievements, and continued success.

The highly interactive exhibits include visitor-operated, rotating “flintwheel” display cases, giant holographic lighters and knives with “exploding” cutaway views of their components, interactive video tours of production facilities, and an orientation theater, multimedia timeline, and 10-foot-high kinetic sculpture. Additionally, artifacts are displayed in polished and perforated aluminum and brass display cases that echo the quality finishes found in Zippo products.

SFD provided all planning and design of exhibits, public spaces, signage and visitor experiences, as well as acted as general contractor for the production and installation of exhibits. SFD collaborated with project architects in the development and programming of the museum facility


  • Entry sculpture featuring 10' revolving metallic globe with orbiting lighters & knives
  • Orientation theater
  • Visitor-operated rotating "flint wheel" display cases
  • Multi-media Zippo timeline
  • Holographic lighters and knives that "explode" into their components
  • Repair shop observation area
  • Animated neon displays
  • Interactive video tours of production facilities
  • 12' American flag of red, white, and blue patterned Zippo lighters

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Zippo Manufacturing Company


Bradford, Pennsylvania


  • Planning
  • All phases of exhibition design
  • Coordination with project architects
  • General contracting of exhibit fabrication and installation


  • Content Development:
    Dorothy Hartman
  • Fabrication:
    Lynch Exhibits
  • Media Design:
    Magic Lantern