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“Take it or leave it”

John Brown Wax Museum
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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.
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.

Thank DianeE954
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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.

8  Thank BBQueen77
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Reviewed September 24, 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.

2  Thank friendlylibrarian
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Reviewed September 13, 2012

There was information, items from John Brown's time there. The explanation was done very well. It was located in an original old building. We learned much.

3  Thank Karen P
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Reviewed September 8, 2012

Hadn't heard of John Brown and his contributions before this tour. I walked away quite impressed with his efforts! The museum is old and in need of repairs and updates, but they do a good job telling the story with what they have.

3  Thank Crecia
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