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John Brown Wax Museum

168 High Street, Harpers Ferry, WV 25425-4102
+1 304-535-6342
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Rustic but informative

The museum was very informative. I'd been to Harper's Ferry many times but had never attended this... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
Washington DC, District of Columbia
via mobile

Really neat and informative ! Cool wax figures and at the end they move. Awesome history lesson and... read more

Reviewed 14 May 2017
Linthicum Heights, Maryland
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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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168 High Street, Harpers Ferry, WV 25425-4102
+1 304-535-6342
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

The museum was very informative. I'd been to Harper's Ferry many times but had never attended this site. It's musty smelling and had a lot of steps. It has buttons to push for information that are antiquated but it was well worth the money to...More

Thank NEVenturer
Reviewed 14 May 2017 via mobile

Really neat and informative ! Cool wax figures and at the end they move. Awesome history lesson and a little spooky in there.

Thank Cwong76
Reviewed 7 May 2017 via mobile

Ok. It's a wax museum, with figures that move in some scenes. It conveys a lot of history about John Brown which is great! Down side is the various hallways look like scenes from the Shining and it was dimly lit everywhere which creeped out...More

Thank Andrea M
Reviewed 26 April 2017

We were in Harper's Ferry on a cold rainy April afternoon. We went into the museum as we were trying to find some indoor things to do. The place lady at the desk was very welcoming. The museum is very dated, but tells the interesting...More

Thank JeanCrocker
Reviewed 22 April 2017 via mobile

The Wax Museum was great. The young man working the desk was very friendly and informative. The displays are set up in an educational timeline of John Brown's life and demise. We went on a good day when there wasn't too many people in town...More

Thank aircathy
Reviewed 22 April 2017 via mobile

Hokey? Sure! But moving and stirring nonetheless! A very good summary of John Brown's place in history and very enjoyable. Air conditioned.

Thank Dolores A
Reviewed 19 April 2017

I loved this quaint and quirky wax museum. I disagree completely that this museum needs updating. The old and dark wood adds to the charm. I loved how Harpers Ferry makes you feel like you have stepped back in time. If this museum were modernized...More

2  Thank fitlady
Reviewed 15 April 2017 via mobile

I enjoyed this museum but can't say it's a must see stop (particularly for the price". It's a series of scenes from John Brown's life as it relates to his abolition activities. The wax figures are realistic and there is some interesting information that's not...More

Thank jimhasemail
Reviewed 27 November 2016 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...More

Thank Roxygurl761
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.

Thank Dennis B
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How much do the tours cost?
9 January 2016|
Response from Novagirl2 |
$7 adults $6 military
Pauline W
what does it cost? Is it ADA as I have to use an elec. scooter
30 August 2015|
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Response from MRFRIENDLY | Reviewed this property |
the building was built in the late 50s early 60s for the museum purpose, it is not ada by any means and has many stairs.