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John Brown Wax Museum

Address: 168 High Street, Harpers Ferry, WV
Phone Number: +1 304-535-6342
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Type: History Museums, Specialty Museums, Museums
Owner description: This vintage wax museum opened in 1963 and has hosted thousands of visitors in its many years of...
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Type: History Museums, Specialty Museums, Museums
Owner description: 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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Naples, FL
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119 reviews 119 reviews
40 attraction reviews
73 helpful votes 73 helpful votes
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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188 reviews 188 reviews
75 attraction reviews
140 helpful votes 140 helpful votes
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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259 reviews 259 reviews
56 attraction reviews
96 helpful votes 96 helpful votes
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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6 reviews 6 reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
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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121 reviews 121 reviews
48 attraction reviews
49 helpful votes 49 helpful votes
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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Daniels, West Virginia
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11 reviews 11 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2014

I have never seen anything like this before!! It looks so real & even some of the characters move a little so it is really something to see & definitely something you will always remember. I am older & went away for the weekend with my husband when we seen this but it is definitely something I want to take... More 

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Toms Brook, Virginia
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4 reviews 4 reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2014

I love history and I love the woman who runs this place - I'd love to schedule a ghost tour with her group someday soon. Anyway, she was knowledgeable and the exhibit itself was interesting. If y'all are expecting Madame Tousseaud's you will be disappointed; but I thought it was fantastic. Oh and by the way, the place is haunted.... More 

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Mechanicsville, Virginia
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39 reviews 39 reviews
24 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 17, 2014

Went here because my husband went here as a kid. This is a nice visual match to the John Brown story but the wax figures are really poorly made and sort of scary. Bulging eyes, everyone is either too tan or too light for their race. LOTS of stairs as this is in a very old house.

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Winchester, Virginia
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62 reviews 62 reviews
12 attraction reviews
30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed June 1, 2014

$7 for adults and $5 for kids. Really??? For what? A bad smell and really cheap, corny wax figures. Save your time and money. I'm flabbergasted that some actually rated this well.

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Baltimore, Maryland
1 review
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 27, 2014

I remember going here as a kid. I loved it then and still think it was well worth the admission price. The museum tells John Brown's story in a way everyone can understand and I loved the old building its housed in. I'm glad the museum is still here.

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