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“Corny but Fun!” 5 of 5 stars
Review of John Brown Wax Museum

John Brown Wax Museum
168 High Street, Harpers Ferry, WV
+1 304-535-6342
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Type: History Museums, Specialty Museums
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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.
Harpers Ferry, West Virginia, United States
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23 reviews 23 reviews
9 attraction reviews
Reviews in 8 cities Reviews in 8 cities
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
“Corny but Fun!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 20, 2012

This is no Madame Tussauds, so if you're expecting lifelike recrations of John Brown's life and times, then consider this a warning. However, if you're looking for a retelling that has changed little over the past several decades, then you're in the right place. I took my kids and was amused to find that nothing had changed from when I visited this on a field trip during the fourth grade. The rise and fall of the chest of the barely-breathing John Brown in the last scene is just as delightfully creepy now as it was then.

Visited May 2012
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Hagerstown, Maryland
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“Great History”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 17, 2012

Very interesting place, great history, a little creepy. If you are in the area you should see this one.

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Downingtown, Pennsylvania
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“Take it or leave it”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 27, 2012

As wax museums go, this one is rather small. It tells the story of John Brown's life, but honestly, I'm not sure it was worth the $7 admission fee. Still, it does inform.

Visited October 2012
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Gaithersburg, MD
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“A visit to the past to see the past”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 1, 2012

Many people "dinged" the museum as needing updating. I beg the owners to touch nothing. If you want a fancy wax museum, go to Madame Tussauds. If you want to see a museum that beautifully tells the John Brown story while also making you feel like you stepped back into the 50s, go to this one. I loved the wallpaper, old staircases that meander around the attraction, the old building and the kitchy wax figures. I would miss this place if it was replaced by new and shiny. It wouldn't fit. The age and condition of this attraction is part of the attraction! Enjoy it.

Visited September 2012
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Wanaque, New Jersey
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“Interesting town”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 25, 2012

The wax musuem was alright. Gave you a lot of history but there are a lot of stairs. Needs to be updated and repaired.

Visited September 2012
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