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JAARS Museum of the Alphabet

Address: 6409 Davis Road, Waxhaw, NC 28173
Phone Number: 704-843-6066
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Ranked #1 of 5 Attractions in Waxhaw
Type: Specialty Museums, Museums
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Rock Hill, SC
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54 reviews 54 reviews
33 attraction reviews
23 helpful votes 23 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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Indian Land, South Carolina
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13 reviews 13 reviews
5 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2014

This museum takes at least 4 hrs. to do a good tour, a quick one can be done in 2 hrs. It details the very beginning of language, peoples and nations; how languages are written, spoken, translated and printed. The exhibits are wonderfully crafted. There are a few hands-on areas. It is a mental challenge for adults to take in,... More 

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Charlotte, North Carolina
2 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 27, 2014 via mobile

We went there after reading about it in the magazine. We were greeted by ms Elizabeth. What a wonderful friend companion she was. She gave full tour with lot of information and love. We enjoyed exhibit on our language hindi. Must visit for a whole family.

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Monroe, NC
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67 reviews 67 reviews
25 attraction reviews
72 helpful votes 72 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 21, 2014

I am a local who visited the JAARS museums (this one and the Mexico Cardenas Museum next door) for the first time today with my 9 year old son. The Alphabet Museum is incredibly detailed. There is so much to look at that I was somewhat overwhelmed- but in a good way. I really enjoyed the Mexico museum too. This... More 

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Brasília
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56 reviews 56 reviews
25 attraction reviews
51 helpful votes 51 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 30, 2014

Not only Alpha and Beta but a lot of informations about the History of the writen word by the Humanity. This museum is a amazing culture center. In Brazil I never know about it until to be in Waxhaw for a visit to our american friends.

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Ohio, USA
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54 reviews 54 reviews
19 attraction reviews
103 helpful votes 103 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 23, 2014

This was an excellent museum. We had only allowed an hour which was not enough time! It was definitely worth a side trip to see. As others have noted, the museums does a geat job presenting information in a way that all ages can appreciate.

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Waxhaw, North Carolina, USA
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4 reviews 4 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014

A real gem. One-of-a-kind museum will enthrall museum-lovers and anyone interested in the history of written language. The displays are phenomenal, the presentation very layered, from bold easy-to-understand overviews to highly detailed content about the development of specific families of alphabets. There is something for the casual tourist with only short time to browse but the professional linguist will be... More 

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Volga, South Dakota
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 25, 2014

You could walk into this little museum knowing basically nothing about the world's writing systems and their history and walk out with a ton of new knowledge. There's no admission fee (amazing!), so you can just walk in and follow the history of written language from it's beginnings to today. If you are a scholar and want to truly learn... More 

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Waxhaw, North Carolina
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18 reviews 18 reviews
3 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 25, 2013

Very interesting exhibits & film presentation. Plan to stay several hours to see all the exhibits. If you're there at lunch time, the cafeteria is excellent & very reasonable-cash only! Something for all age groups.

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Waxhaw, North Carolina
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6 reviews 6 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 25, 2013

It's not the typical museum theme. It is about our alphabet, something we use each and every day. Informative, educational, well worth the time.

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