We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.

John Brown Wax Museum

168 High St, Harpers Ferry, WV 25425-4102
+1 304-535-6342
Website
Save
Review Highlights
"87 Wax Figures! 6 Floors!"

So, we were walking by and my son wanted to go in. For $7, why not? I learned more about John Brown... read more

Reviewed 28 June 2017
bgsualum
,
Virginia
Little gem brings history alive

I love wax museums. I think they do a wonderful job of bringing history alive. This one seems older... read more

Reviewed 26 June 2017
Nebby3
,
Mansfield, MA
via mobile
Read all 109 reviews
Map
Satellite
Map updates are paused. Zoom in to see updated info.
Reset zoom
Updating Map...
Overview
More
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.
  • Excellent26%
  • Very good27%
  • Average33%
  • Poor9%
  • Terrible5%
Travellers talk about
“push button” (3 reviews)
“in town” (2 reviews)
LOCATION
168 High St, Harpers Ferry, WV 25425-4102
CONTACT
Website
+1 304-535-6342
Write a ReviewReviews (109)
Traveller rating
Traveller type
Time of year
Language
All reviews
"push button"
in 3 reviews
"visiting harpers ferry"
in 4 reviews
"in town"
in 2 reviews
"national park"
in 2 reviews
"john"
in 53 reviews
"history"
in 50 reviews
"death"
in 4 reviews
"americana"
in 2 reviews
"realistic"
in 4 reviews
"series"
in 3 reviews
"antiquated"
in 2 reviews
"citizens"
in 2 reviews
"learning"
in 2 reviews
Filter

11 - 20 of 107 reviews

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
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC
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
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC
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
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC
See more reviews
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
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC
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
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC
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
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC
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
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC
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
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC
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

3  Thank fitlady
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC
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
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC
Nearby
Nearby HotelsSee all Harpers Ferry Hotels
Quality Inn
311 reviews
1.38 km away
Knights inn Knoxville Harpers Ferry
232 reviews
2.61 km away
Clarion Inn Harpers Ferry
286 reviews
3.14 km away
Cliffside Inn
3 reviews
5.89 km away
Nearby Restaurants
Potomac Grille
302 reviews
.06 km away
The Anvil Restaurant
402 reviews
1.61 km away
Mena's Pizzeria & Italian Restaurant
168 reviews
1.07 km away
Cannonball Deli
154 reviews
.02 km away
Nearby Attractions
Appalachian Trail Conservancy Headquarters
171 reviews
.85 km away
Appalachian National Scenic Trail
83 reviews
.85 km away
The Point
47 reviews
.12 km away
Jefferson Rock
61 reviews
.23 km away
Ask a question
Questions & Answers
Shar765
9 January 2016|
Answer
Response from Novagirl2 |
$7 adults $6 military
0
Votes
Pauline W
30 August 2015|
AnswerShow all 5 answers
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.
0
Votes