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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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Learning about how the world has approached many ways to communicate.

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... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed June 3, 2015
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Waxhaw, North Carolina
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2015

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 

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Baltimore, Maryland
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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.

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Waxhaw, North Carolina
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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.

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

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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