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Address: 168 High St, Harpers Ferry, WV 25425-4102
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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My husband and I visited the wax museum. We were not blown away or incredibly impressed...it was okay. There were neat exhibits...some had a push button where it basically read... read more

3 of 5 bubblesReviewed 1 week ago
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Georgetown, Delaware
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Georgetown, Delaware
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

My husband and I visited the wax museum. We were not blown away or incredibly impressed...it was okay. There were neat exhibits...some had a push button where it basically read what was on the sign in exhibit. Took about 15 minutes to tour at $7 per adult. A little pricey for what you get out of it...

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Wrightsville, Pennsylvania
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 October 2016

This museum has not been updated since it was opened decades ago. Many of the displays are in poor repair, particularly the ones using automation. Lighting is poor in some areas and the artifacts are hard to see.

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Lewisburg, West Virginia
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 September 2016 via mobile

I'm not a huge fan of wax museums but I can appreciate the detail in telling of his controversial life. Would not recommend for the handicapped, lots of stairs.

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Sutton, West Virginia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 August 2016

We have been to Harpers Ferry previously but never made it to the wax museum. My boyfriend's mom was especially excited for us to check it out. It was a nice change of pace from the rest of the town. Is it a little bit dated? Yep. But we really dig things like this. The dioramas were detailed, and you... More 

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Dunedin, Florida
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 August 2016

The detail in the scenes is amazing. It doesn't take long and there are a lot of steps. Still it is worth the price to see.

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Stevensville, Maryland
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 August 2016

Although this museum may not have the awe of a Madame T's, take your time going thru this quaint little wax museum and you might just find out some interesting info about John Brown and Harpers Ferry history. Read the plaques along the way. They give a lot of insight.

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belcamp
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 August 2016

Great place to cool off and learn about some American History. Life-Like figures and interesting facts throughout. Would do again.

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Chesapeake, Virginia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 July 2016

Very fair reveal of history. Great loss North and South, Black and White....all Americans.....but fairly discussed and shown in images and writing. Very well portrayed. Also.....nice historical items shown......too sad all of the deaths involved.

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 July 2016 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 bubbles Reviewed 18 July 2016 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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