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Address: 168 High Street, Harpers Ferry, WV
Phone Number: +1 304-535-6342
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This vintage wax museum opened in 1963 and has hosted thousands of visitors...

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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Cheesy Fun!

On a recent visit to Harper's Ferry, I started with a visit to the John Brown Wax Museum. I thought it would give me a good overview before seeing some of the other sites. It... read more

3 of 5 starsReviewed October 28, 2015
Joseph M
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Lancaster, Pennsylvania
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New York City, New York
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37 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I went to West Virginia in March 2014 as part of my visiting every state goal. I found this wonderful small community in Harpers Ferry that was filled with a tremendous amount of American history. Although it was slightly painful taking in the tribes and tribulations of this countries growth, I would suggest visiting Harpers Ferry because it offers a... More 

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Lancaster, Pennsylvania
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14 reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 28, 2015

On a recent visit to Harper's Ferry, I started with a visit to the John Brown Wax Museum. I thought it would give me a good overview before seeing some of the other sites. It wasn't the most informative as far as museums go, but it was campy fun, which is what I was hoping for. I can't necessarily recommend... More 

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Thank Joseph M
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39 reviews
18 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 26, 2015 via mobile

This sort of place is an american classic! It hosts some 85 full size wax figures in a number of different scenes telling the life story of John Brown. It is a kind of 50's blast from the past. Even the push button voiced descriptions are something from a different era. You need to be able to take quite a... More 

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Takoma Park, Maryland
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2015

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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4 Thank Randall C
Washington DC
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 41 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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2 Thank MRFRIENDLY
Long Island, New York
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 16 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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2 Thank Val1117
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14 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
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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2 Thank Pat N
Elkins, West Virginia
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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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2 Thank Cudd8622
Manassas, Virginia
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19 reviews
10 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 13 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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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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