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John Brown Wax Museum

168 High Street, Harpers Ferry, WV
+1 304-535-6342
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Type: History Museums, Specialty 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... more » 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. « less
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Richmond, Virginia
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5 reviews 5 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 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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113 reviews 113 reviews
47 attraction reviews
38 helpful votes 38 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
2 helpful votes 2 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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40 reviews 40 reviews
24 attraction reviews
23 helpful votes 23 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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59 reviews 59 reviews
12 attraction reviews
27 helpful votes 27 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
3 helpful votes 3 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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orrtanna
1 review
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed April 12, 2014 via mobile

Terrible. The building smells old, the displays are corny and cheap. Some of the displays didn't even work. We left wondering if we could get our 14$ back for such a terrible museum. Not sure how they keep this awful thing open because there wasn't a soul going through other than us. Now we know why. Save your money!

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Charles Town, West Virginia
2 reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 21, 2014

Well worth the price! Interesting and the kids loved it. From youngsters to seniors anyone will find it worth the visit!

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Paulding, Ohio
1 review
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 27, 2014

this place is so cool...lots to see and very interesting...If you like history or just old places this is a must see....Just takes you back to a simpler time and very relaxing ...Planning on many more trips there Kay Reynolds

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