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“Very old and run down but historically accurate.” 3 of 5 stars
Review of John Brown Wax Museum

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.
Mechanicsville, Virginia
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72 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
“Very old and run down but historically accurate.”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 17, 2014

Went here because my husband went here as a kid. This is a nice visual match to the John Brown story but the wax figures are really poorly made and sort of scary. Bulging eyes, everyone is either too tan or too light for their race. LOTS of stairs as this is in a very old house.

Visited June 2014
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Baltimore, Maryland
1 review
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
“Wonderful, brought back great memories.”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 27, 2014

I remember going here as a kid. I loved it then and still think it was well worth the admission price. The museum tells John Brown's story in a way everyone can understand and I loved the old building its housed in. I'm glad the museum is still here.

Visited April 2014
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orrtanna
1 review
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
“Not worth the few dollars spent.”
1 of 5 stars Reviewed April 12, 2014

Terrible. The building smells old, the displays are corny and cheap. Some of the displays didn't even work. We left wondering if we could get our 14$ back for such a terrible museum. Not sure how they keep this awful thing open because there wasn't a soul going through other than us. Now we know why. Save your money!

Visited June 2013
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Charles Town, West Virginia
2 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
“loved it!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 20, 2014

Well worth the price! Interesting and the kids loved it. From youngsters to seniors anyone will find it worth the visit!

Visited February 2014
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Paulding, Ohio
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1 review
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
“Loved it”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 27, 2014

this place is so cool...lots to see and very interesting...If you like history or just old places this is a must see....Just takes you back to a simpler time and very relaxing ...Planning on many more trips there
Kay Reynolds

Visited July 2013
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