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

4 of 5 starsReviewed July 2, 2015
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2015 NEW

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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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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Palm Beach Gardens, Fl
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 27, 2015

It was difficult to tell that these figures were not real!! Amazing talent by this artist. As you went from display to display the events depicted were in order of when they happened in history. Very Impressive.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 26, 2015

$7 for a quick tour reasonably well-spent. It is located in an old house, and there are lots of stairs, so be prepared for that. I found the figures to be a little creepy, but the history was sound. Not a bad place to visit.

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Alberta
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 14, 2015

I need to preface this review by stating my wife and I are huge fans of retro, tacky, kitschy, and otherwise "non-mainstream" tourist attractions. It is through that lens I give this museum a rating of 4 -- if your tastes aren't the same, I'd likely give it a 2. So, this place has been a fixture of Harper's Ferry... More 

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New Jersey
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 29, 2015 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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Address: 168 High Street, Harpers Ferry, WV
Phone Number: +1 304-535-6342
Location: United States  >  West Virginia (WV)  >  Harpers Ferry

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