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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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$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... read more

3 of 5 starsReviewed May 26, 2015
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Palm Beach Gardens, Fl
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19 reviews 19 reviews
4 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 27, 2015 NEW

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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16 reviews 16 reviews
4 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 26, 2015 NEW

$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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80 reviews 80 reviews
21 attraction reviews
34 helpful votes 34 helpful votes
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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3 reviews 3 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
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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26 reviews 26 reviews
6 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
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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4 reviews 4 reviews
3 attraction reviews
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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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26 reviews 26 reviews
20 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
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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47 reviews 47 reviews
34 attraction reviews
78 helpful votes 78 helpful votes
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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129 reviews 129 reviews
43 attraction reviews
82 helpful votes 82 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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206 reviews 206 reviews
82 attraction reviews
174 helpful votes 174 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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