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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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Definitely worth the price!!!

For $7 you get treated to a unique, old-style wax museum. The value is amazing and I was surprised by how many scenes there were. I learned more about the history of John Brown... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed April 27, 2015
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Connellsville, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 29, 2015 NEW via mobile

As one of the few remaining historical wax museums in the US, the John Brown wax museum provides a great experience detailing the history of Brown and his raid in Harpers Ferry. The series of tableaux offer a tremendous visual recreation of Browm's life, much better than any electronic representation on a computer. Great for school age children and adults... More 

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Connellsville, Pennsylvania
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 27, 2015

For $7 you get treated to a unique, old-style wax museum. The value is amazing and I was surprised by how many scenes there were. I learned more about the history of John Brown through this museum than any book I've read. The wax figures are a bit crude by modern standards, but then again, this isn't a modern museum.... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 11, 2015

Very educational. Not we expected but still nice. We weren't even sure who john brown was but we learned. We had a fun time.

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Pittsgrove, New Jersey
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 11, 2015

What can I really say about this place - your in Harper's Ferry. 30 mins. a old house and a spoonful of history ~ Loved the "breathing" man on the depot steps.

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Atlanta
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 16, 2015

The John Brown Wax Museum has been a staple in Harper's Ferry since its opening in 1962. And not a thing has been updated since then, thank goodness. As the other US wax museums made by the Dorfman family have all closed....The National Wax Museum of Lancaster Couhty Heritage, the National Civil War Wax Museum in Gettysburg, the Natural Bridge... More 

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Naples, FL
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 24, 2014 via mobile

I saw the mixed reviews and was intrigued. I'm also a history buff and had to see. Yes there are lots of steps and the displays are over fifty years old and the building much older, but we found it made the history of John Brown come to life in a way plaques could not. The owner is very sweet... More 

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Chevy Chase, Maryland
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 20, 2014

Despite some predictable drawbacks, we found this to be a most enjoyable experience. To be sure, the building housing it is old, with a series of steep stairways leading up and then back down along the tour of tableaux. Parking would have been a problem had we not left our car at the Park Service visitors center and taken the... More 

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Richmond, Virginia
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 23, 2014

On Tuesday 09/16/14 we all intentions of visiting the wax museum but after making the trip, about 40 miles out of our way, we arrived and to our surprise we could not find a parking space on the street or in the Amtrak parking lot. There were some empty spaces on Potomac Street but they had reserved signs. There was... More 

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Richmond, Virginia
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2014

Corny, weird looking figures? Yes. Musty, kind of run down building? Yes. A little light on the history? Yes. Worth the price of admission in a tourist town? Absolutely! For all the reasons above. What other wax museum is dedicated to a single person? Just as the town itself is a reminder of the civil war era, this attraction takes... More 

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2014

The figures are not very good, the settings are basic, but the worst part is the whole museum is musty. I would only recommend this for young children.

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