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Address: 168 High Street, Harpers Ferry, WV
Phone Number: +1 304-535-6342
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Description: This vintage wax museum opened in 1963 and has hosted thousands of...
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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I cannot ever pass up a wax museum! They are just goofy fun. This covers the history of John Brown from his childhood until his death on the gallows. You are at Harpers Ferry. You... read more

3 of 5 starsReviewed August 22, 2015
Randall C
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Takoma Park, Maryland
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Takoma Park, Maryland
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34 reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2015 NEW

I cannot ever pass up a wax museum! They are just goofy fun. This covers the history of John Brown from his childhood until his death on the gallows. You are at Harpers Ferry. You need to know John Brown.

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Washington DC
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46 reviews
15 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2015

very informative, well kept, cool!, and CREEPY!!!!!!!! I love this old fashioned tourist stop. Very few REAL wax museums left in this world! Well worth the admission fee.

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Long Island, New York
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2015

The woman at the front desk gave a great pre-amble to the tour. It made it more interesting. It was air conditioned and clean. It was very hot outside when we visited this place August 2015. So it was nice to walk around and see a step by step wax depiction of John Browns story.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2015 via mobile

The wax figures ... So realistic ! Self tour with Audio button to push Came out feeling differently about John his CAUSE good HE not much! IF the audio details were FACTUAL! That is??

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Elkins, West Virginia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2015

We went to the info center before we checked into our B&B and found a brochure for the museum, in the back it had a $2 off coupon which was a nice plus. The woman working the desk was very informative and helpful when it came to recommending other places to see/eat. The museum is dated (not in a bad... More 

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Manassas, Virginia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2015

This was a worthwhile stop during our visit to Harpers Ferry. It's focused on John Brown's life and they do a great job detailing some of the highlights and why he chose to fight against slavery. We enjoyed visiting and found it very educational!

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Columbus, Ohio
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2015

This was my 3rd visit to the JBWM in Harpers Ferry. I came once, many years ago when I was kid, again when I was 20 and this time I brought my kids (ages 7, 9 and 11). I should state that I love kitschy, Americana; so if that is not your thing then you probably would not enjoy this.... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2015

Had a blast in this town and learning about the history. The museum was very old which in itself was fascinating.

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Virginia Beach, Virginia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 26, 2015

The wax museum is very good and very educational. The museum has realistic statues. The museum is good for children that would understand what John brown and the civil war was all about. Small children will be bored and you will be waiting time and money. Hope this helps. David G.

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Alexandria, Virginia
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12 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed June 25, 2015

This is a very old wax museum, circa 1960, that is in need of an update. At least the text and recordings should be rewritten to reflect modern scholarship. As it is, it is an interesting relic of the early 1960's.

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