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John Brown Wax Museum

168 High Street, Harpers Ferry, WV 25425-4102
+1 304-535-6342
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Nice stop

Relatively inexpensive and actually well done- exhibits were interesting to look at, written... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Siobhan L
Belton, Texas
via mobile

I was so excited for this museum. I was seriously let down. We found it dull. Save your money... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Racine, Ohio
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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 1 week ago via mobile

Relatively inexpensive and actually well done- exhibits were interesting to look at, written placards were brief and helpful. Most scenes had a voice activated description that adds a lot. I really enjoyed my visit.

Thank Siobhan L
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

I was so excited for this museum. I was seriously let down. We found it dull. Save your money. Sorry, just being honest.

Thank sherryappraisal
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The first time I went here was when I was a small kid. It was a little creepy. I was more interested in the wax people than in learning . It wasnt untill I was older that I really understood what this place was about....More

Thank lindel1234
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

I brought three young teenagers who could barely remember what they learned about John Brown in U. S. history class. This museum made an impact. They were captivated by the details of the figures and then captivated by the details of the story. We had...More

Thank GoingWithKid
Reviewed 24 July 2017

Haven't been to Harpers Ferry since '97 so revisited the wax museum. It may be a little outdated but it is well kept and the setting with 87 wax figures gives a good impression of the life of John Brown.

Thank Clint0n_81
Reviewed 4 July 2017

This is a wonderful place for a family to visit. The manager of the place was wonderful to talk to, and where we wasn't from the area she was a great help in suggesting places to visit and places to eat. She was very friendly...More

1  Thank Amanda M
Reviewed 28 June 2017

So, we were walking by and my son wanted to go in. For $7, why not? I learned more about John Brown than I'd known before and he thought it was cool. It was, however, not cool in any literal sense. While I'm sure the...More

Thank bgsualum
Reviewed 26 June 2017 via mobile

I love wax museums. I think they do a wonderful job of bringing history alive. This one seems older but I find that quaint. The staff member was very friendly and helpful. We seemed to be the only ones in the museum the whole time....More

Thank Nebby3
Reviewed 31 May 2017 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
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9 January 2016|
Response from Novagirl2 |
$7 adults $6 military
Pauline W
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.