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JAARS Museum of the Alphabet

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Address: 6409 Davis Rd, Waxhaw, NC 28173-8407
Phone Number: 704-843-6066

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World class museum (for free!)

This truly is a gem of a museum. Traces the history of alphabets from early civilizations up through modern times. Very interesting to see how varied alphabets can be from one... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 1 week ago
Michael B
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

This truly is a gem of a museum. Traces the history of alphabets from early civilizations up through modern times. Very interesting to see how varied alphabets can be from one part of the world to the other.

Thank Michael B
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2016

Jaars is best visited on one of its frequent open house days, because the story of the Museum is best understood by the knowing the function of the people of Jaars. The aviation service provided by Jaars is a big contributor to the incredibly skilled work of the people described in the Museum of the Alphabet, by taking linguists into... More 

Thank Larry M
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2016

This free museum at the JAARS center south of Waxhaw is a very interesting place to learn more about how different cultures and peoples created their alphabets. Great for all ages.

Thank Felicia F
Augusta, Georgia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 26, 2016

We took a day trip to JAARS in April. We thought the introduction and overview of the organization was very helpful and instructional. They have a pleasant lunch room with great choices which are delicious. We had the chicken parmesan which was over the top delicious and bountiful. Desserts were good also. Prices for lunch are very reasonable. We learned... More 

1 Thank 807wheaton
Newport, NC
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 25, 2016

This museum is part of the JAARS center in Waxhaw, NC - you can find all about it on-line...and find out when the next JAARS day is so that you get the total experience...including the museums (the Mexico museum is there also). You'll meet some great people, you'll always feel welcomed...and you'll come away much richer for the experience.

2 Thank moreauak
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 18, 2016 via mobile

I always learn something when I visit the Museum of the Alphabet. Not all languages use alphabets, so not all languages are included.

1 Thank Kate N
Charlotte, North Carolina
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 31, 2015

What a discovery! Much too much to absorb in one visit, this museum traces the evolution of all languages from pre-history to current day. It's a fascinating journey and anyone who is interested in languages, cultures, and how the various lingual branches evolved should pay this little museum a visit. Any students doing research around these topics would have a... More 

2 Thank CharlotteDayTripper
Charlotte, North Carolina
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 5, 2015

Awesome small museum. The family who runs the Museum did an excellent job researching the story of how the different languages begun. Kids always enjoyed a visit to this local Museum.

1 Thank Donamia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2015 via mobile

My friends and I visited this quaint museum recently with are two 11 year old daughters and were intrigued about how writing systems and languages all over the world have transformed over the ages. Our daughters were not totally bored as the place is small and had enough interactive displays to keep their attention! Too really intake all the information,... More 

1 Thank Becoza
Baltimore, Maryland
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 19, 2015

This museum is well appointed for as small as it is. There is way too much information to take in during a single visit, but spending a few hours browsing through was an interesting way to spend the afternoon. I would not think young choldren would have any interest at all, but probably high schoolers on up would be fine.

1 Thank Vivian S

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