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JAARS Museum of the Alphabet

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Address: 6409 Davis Road, Waxhaw, NC 28173
Phone Number: 704-843-6066
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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... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed May 23, 2015
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Charlotte, North Carolina
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Charlotte, North Carolina
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 23, 2015 NEW

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.

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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

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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

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 

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Rock Hill, SC
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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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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
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 27, 2014

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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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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66 reviews 66 reviews
29 attraction reviews
79 helpful votes 79 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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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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