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John Brown Wax Museum

168 High St, Harpers Ferry, WV 25425-4102
+1 304-535-6342
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Interesting attraction

It was a interesting visit, not really sure if it was worth $7, but hey, why not. It give's a quick... read more

Reviewed 15 October 2017
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Slightly Odd Girl Finds Slightly Odd Spot And Loves! It.

I was familiar with John Browns Story before stopping in. However, I understood it as a tale... read more

Reviewed 15 October 2017
Antunesia H
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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 Brown Wax Museum is perfect for small groups or large school field trips. It truly does make history "come alive." The museum is seasonal, opening for weekends in March but in April through November, it stays open 7 days a week. Spring and fall hours are 9:00 until 4:30 and summer hours are 10:00 until 5:30. For countless generations, this has been a "must do" activity.
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168 High St, Harpers Ferry, WV 25425-4102
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Reviewed 15 October 2017

It was a interesting visit, not really sure if it was worth $7, but hey, why not. It give's a quick snapshot of John Brown's life and illustrates how he was was contraversial, not just because of his views, but also of his methods and...More

Thank a l
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Reviewed 15 October 2017

I was familiar with John Browns Story before stopping in. However, I understood it as a tale. Something that happened a long time ago. While in the museum I developed real emotions around the subject of human bondage and the insanity it creates in those...More

Thank Antunesia H
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Reviewed 10 October 2017

Ok, when here, how can you pass this attraction up. Classic...and I mean classic...wax museum. The attraction is old...or vintage, depends how you view it. I enjoyed the history of john brown, and got my kids to read some of it. The wax figures were...More

Thank Michael A
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Reviewed 6 October 2017

Saw this place on The Ghost of Shepherdstown. Have to say, I was there before the TV show and I feel like the only reason it was on the show was to get tourist and money. The wax figures are awesome.

Thank Angie K
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Reviewed 11 September 2017 via mobile

Relatively inexpensive and actually well done- exhibits were interesting to look at, written placards were brief and helpful. Most scenes had a voice activated description that adds a lot. I really enjoyed my visit.

Thank Siobhan L
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Reviewed 7 September 2017 via mobile

I was so excited for this museum. I was seriously let down. We found it dull. Save your money. Sorry, just being honest.

Thank sherryappraisal
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Reviewed 1 September 2017

The first time I went here was when I was a small kid. It was a little creepy. I was more interested in the wax people than in learning . It wasnt untill I was older that I really understood what this place was about....More

Thank lindel1234
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Reviewed 28 August 2017 via mobile

I brought three young teenagers who could barely remember what they learned about John Brown in U. S. history class. This museum made an impact. They were captivated by the details of the figures and then captivated by the details of the story. We had...More

Thank GoingWithKid
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Reviewed 24 July 2017

Haven't been to Harpers Ferry since '97 so revisited the wax museum. It may be a little outdated but it is well kept and the setting with 87 wax figures gives a good impression of the life of John Brown.

Thank Clint0n_81
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Reviewed 4 July 2017

This is a wonderful place for a family to visit. The manager of the place was wonderful to talk to, and where we wasn't from the area she was a great help in suggesting places to visit and places to eat. She was very friendly...More

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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.
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