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Address: 6409 Davis Road, Waxhaw, NC 28173
Phone Number: 704-843-6066
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A hidden jewel in Waxhaw

Awesome small museum. The family who runs the Museum did an excellent job researching the story of how the different languages begun. Kids always enjoyed a visit to this local... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed September 5, 2015
Charlotte, North Carolina
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Charlotte, North Carolina
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 37 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 31, 2015

What a discovery! Much too much to absorb in one visit, this museum traces the evolution of all languages from pre-history to current day. It's a fascinating journey and anyone who is interested in languages, cultures, and how the various lingual branches evolved should pay this little museum a visit. Any students doing research around these topics would have a... More 

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Charlotte, North Carolina
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 5, 2015

Awesome small museum. The family who runs the Museum did an excellent job researching the story of how the different languages begun. Kids always enjoyed a visit to this local Museum.

Thank Donamia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2015 via mobile

My friends and I visited this quaint museum recently with are two 11 year old daughters and were intrigued about how writing systems and languages all over the world have transformed over the ages. Our daughters were not totally bored as the place is small and had enough interactive displays to keep their attention! Too really intake all the information,... More 

Thank Becoza
Baltimore, Maryland
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 19, 2015

This museum is well appointed for as small as it is. There is way too much information to take in during a single visit, but spending a few hours browsing through was an interesting way to spend the afternoon. I would not think young choldren would have any interest at all, but probably high schoolers on up would be fine.

Thank Vivian S
Waxhaw, North Carolina
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8 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 3, 2015

The staff has done a great job of gathering and presenting the many languages of the world in display sections of the museum. This is an interesting museum for language and linguist enthusiasts.

Thank abbasteve64
Charlotte, North Carolina
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 23, 2015 via mobile

What a gem! This free museum is full of interesting displays and facts about the world's languages and alphabets. Worth the trip for those interested in linguistics, history and cultures.

Thank Nina S
Rishon Lezion, Israel
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2015

If you would like to know more about the development process of the alphabet, this is the place to be. Soo interesting to find out about people (they call each other Linguists) who travel the world and look for languages that are not known to us

Thank Anatmo54
McLean, Virginia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 16, 2015

A visit to the JAARS complex in Waxhaw actually comprises two free museums adjacent to one another: the Cardenas-Mexico Museum that commemorates the founder of the Summer Language Institute and his relationship with the Lazaro Cardenas, President of Mexico in the late 1930's. That museum offers some interesting information on the beginnings of JAARS and the SLI, as well as... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 21, 2015 via mobile

Truly fascinating. The History of the alphabet from differnt cultures in differnt parts of the world. Every exibit is small beautiful and with a wealth of information in layman's terms. Everytime you go you learn a lttle bit more. The staff is extremely knowledgeable and friendly an love to give guided tours. You can tour on your own, but best... More 

Thank Gerald D
Rock Hill, SC
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93 reviews
63 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 51 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2014

Housed on the grounds of the Wycliffe-JAARS Center (organizations devoted to using descriptive linguistics to translate the Bible into previously unwritten languages), the Alphabet Museum overwhelms with the intricacy of human language and the development of written communication. There are interactive displays of interest to children, and very erudite displays for adults interested in the development of various branches of... More 

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