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John Brown Wax Museum

168 High Street, Harpers Ferry, WV 25425-4102
+1 304-535-6342
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Must do when visiting Harpers Ferry

Haven't been to Harpers Ferry since '97 so revisited the wax museum. It may be a little outdated... read more

Reviewed 4 weeks ago
Oranjestad, Aruba
great family attraction

This is a wonderful place for a family to visit. The manager of the place was wonderful to talk to... read more

Reviewed 3 July 2017
Amanda M
Clear Fork, West Virginia, United States
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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 4 weeks ago

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 It may be a little outdated but it is well kept and the setting with 87 wax figures gives a good impression of the life of John Brown.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 3 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 13 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 6 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 25 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 21 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
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8 January 2016|
Response from Novagirl2 |
$7 adults $6 military
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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.