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Address: 168 High Street, Harpers Ferry, WV 25425-4102
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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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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... read more

Reviewed 21 August 2016
vegi35
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Stevensville, Maryland
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Stevensville, Maryland
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12 reviews
5 attraction reviews
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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 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
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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88 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
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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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
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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7 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
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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5 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 7 July 2016

My wife and I enjoyed the many poignant scenes depicting highlights of John Brown's life. Some of the wax figures looked alive enough to give you their personal version of history. The museum is situated on 3 or 4 floors of an old Harpers Ferry dwelling and has lots of steps. Could also use a few cosmetic upgrades.

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Florida
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28 reviews
12 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
Reviewed 5 July 2016

Only $7 per person & Well Worth it. ( get a free Harpers Ferry map here, its very useful and you will need the map to find other places) The John Brown raid is considered to be the start - catalyst of the Civil War by many historians. The song "John Browns' Body" was a popular marching song for soldiers... More 

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Virginia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 July 2016 via mobile

It has a good overview but was a bit hokey. It's older but fun and it doesn't take long. There are stairs so if that's an issue you may want to avoid. I liked the idea of supporting something local and I was tired of looking at all the jewelry shops.

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed 27 June 2016

Good view of the history of John Brown. The wax figures are very well done and the host was pleasant and helpful.

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Bellmawr, New Jersey, USA
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
Reviewed 27 June 2016

This place charged $6 a person, and that was $5 too much. There are depictions all around with recordings that tell you what you're looking at, and the history, but the inside of the building is so dilapidated. Wallpaper peeling, walls cracking. Terrible.

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