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Address: 168 High Street, Harpers Ferry, WV
Phone Number: +1 304-535-6342
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This vintage wax museum opened in 1963 and has hosted thousands of visitors...

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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It was nice to have the visual images (wax figures) to go with the history of John Brown. However, it seems like $7 per ticket is a bit high for an exhibit that needs some work. I... read more

3 of 5 starsReviewed 1 week ago
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

It was nice to have the visual images (wax figures) to go with the history of John Brown. However, it seems like $7 per ticket is a bit high for an exhibit that needs some work. I think this is private owned and appears to not have any government funding.

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

I believe it was $7 for adults. It's a musty smelling (not big deal, just a fact) building where you go up stairs then down stairs and view wax figures through glass. They are scenes from John Brown's life. It doesn't take long to tour it. I think the museum in town (free) gives a better description. If you are... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

My wife and I enjoyed the many poignant scenes depicting highlights of John Brown's life. Some of the wax figures looked alive enough to give you their personal version of history. The museum is situated on 3 or 4 floors of an old Harpers Ferry dwelling and has lots of steps. Could also use a few cosmetic upgrades.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Only $7 per person & Well Worth it. ( get a free Harpers Ferry map here, its very useful and you will need the map to find other places) The John Brown raid is considered to be the start - catalyst of the Civil War by many historians. The song "John Browns' Body" was a popular marching song for soldiers... More 

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Virginia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

It has a good overview but was a bit hokey. It's older but fun and it doesn't take long. There are stairs so if that's an issue you may want to avoid. I liked the idea of supporting something local and I was tired of looking at all the jewelry shops.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Good view of the history of John Brown. The wax figures are very well done and the host was pleasant and helpful.

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Bellmawr, New Jersey, USA
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This place charged $6 a person, and that was $5 too much. There are depictions all around with recordings that tell you what you're looking at, and the history, but the inside of the building is so dilapidated. Wallpaper peeling, walls cracking. Terrible.

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Bally, Pennsylvania
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

After reading a review on this Museum we thought we give it a try. It reminded me so much of Museums I had visited as a teen/child. The layout is tight and small, but the signage gives you a lot of info.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 20, 2016

Went on a solo trip to learn more about John Brown. Truly done with some good old fashion wax set up. Turn one corner too fast and John Brown is coming at you, the story told through different scenes help visitors grasp what life for John Brown was like and the outcome of the raid. You are walking through an... More 

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Monroe, Virginia, United States
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 7, 2016 via mobile

Make sure you can do steps as this is a three story climb up and a four story climb down to see all the exhibits. It was a good use of the space and very informative about the history behind the man you hear about in passing in history books. Yes, it is a little dated but most wax museums... More 

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