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We didn't realize this was a "historical" was museum, in that it's old! We had fun, but it was... read more

Reviewed 3 October 2018
Diane O
Family Outing For History and Ice Cream

Went into the town proper to explore. Grandchildren wanted to see the wax museum so in we went... read more

Reviewed 5 September 2018
Compton, Maryland
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This vintage wax museum opened in 1963 and has hosted thousands of visitors in its many years of operation. Mr. Dorfman, the artist of the realistic hand-made figures, is the very same gifted man who also crafted the figures for Gettysburg. The John...more
168 High St, Harpers Ferry, WV 25425-4102
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Reviewed 3 October 2018

We didn't realize this was a "historical" was museum, in that it's old! We had fun, but it was kinda bizarre. Glad we did it, but probably don't need to do it again.

Thank Diane O
Reviewed 5 September 2018

Went into the town proper to explore. Grandchildren wanted to see the wax museum so in we went. .. Some of the figures are very well done, and some look a little less detailed.. The history learned at each view spot was very interesting and...More

1  Thank imswamp
Reviewed 20 August 2018 via mobile

This was the high light of Harpers Ferry Trip!!! Visited this place with my Brother and Dad on a road trip. I am still laughing. Best $7.00 dollars ever spent. My only regret is that I didn’t take any pictures to share. The buttons are...More

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Reviewed 5 August 2018

I arrived in the downtown area in the early afternoon and this was on my to do list. Its an easy walk down the hill on High St. and I was actually able to do this before I went down to the historic area such...More

Thank Michele D
Reviewed 20 July 2018

Enjoyed this museum, not handicap accessible three flights of stairs up and three flights down but well worth a visit. Learned a lot and the figures were lifelike. No ghosts though.

Thank Diane W
Reviewed 17 July 2018

Blimey, odd looking waxworks, lots of stairs, a bit like a House of Horrors from the end of the pier show, and pricey for a family. Sound effect/narrative buttons which didn’t always work. A bit of a surreal rip off. The seven year old in...More

1  Thank Castleman073
Reviewed 4 July 2018 via mobile

Highlights John Brown's life, slightly creepy bc some of the wax people look pretty real. My 11 year old wanted no part bc of the creep factor. However my 12 & 4 year olds enjoyed it.

Thank kristalnuzum
Reviewed 28 June 2018

The wax museum does a good job in setting the stage and visualizing what happened during John Brown's raid. Although the musuem by the fort does a more historic approach, this wax museum makes it more digestible for students and kids. Good family introduction to...More

Thank tosl
Reviewed 19 June 2018

The wax figures at this museum are old, but creepy, at the same time. An overview of the events there, including a heavy breathing wounded fighter, and JB bowing his head on the stairs before the hangman’s noose. Entertaining, though it could be better. Maybe...More

Thank 510ROBERTC510
Reviewed 17 May 2018

Remarkable wax statues detailing the significant events in the life of John Brown, some additional history that matched the National Park exhibits, but the audiovisuals and physical plant were rather dated. probably worth it to get out of the rain and/or heat.

Thank jweidner
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$7 adults $6 military
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Response from MRFRIENDLY | Reviewed this property |
the building was built in the late 50s early 60s for the museum purpose, it is not ada by any means and has many stairs.