John Brown Wax Museum

Harpers Ferry, WV

Where are we going?

John Brown Wax Museum
168 High St
Harpers Ferry
WV 25425

304 535-6342

What is there to do?

Do you know who John Brown is kids? Well, a visit to the John Brown Wax Museum will fix that!

The John Brown Wax Museum graphically tells the story of John Brown and the raid on Harpers Ferry. To make the experience more entertaining, the displays use voice, music, and even animation to enhance the experience!

You see kids, John Brown was a militant abolitionist who needed arms to carry out his plans to arm and free the slaves. He certainly was a good man! He planned for weeks and weeks at a farm in Maryland, and in 1859, he and 20 men went fully armed across the Potomac River into what is now West Virginia, at Harpers Ferry.

They overpowered the watchmen at a number of locations, and placed their own guards there instead. Brown established himself at the armory gate, and sent 6 men to seize the principal characters in the area and incite those of African decent to rise and join the insurrection.

What happened next? Well, you need to visit the John Brown Wax Museum to find out!

It's a great way for kids to learn about history, and the wax figures are so lifelike, it's like you are really there as history is happening all around you! 

So kids, are you ready to see history come to life in front of your eyes, and find out what happened with John Brown and his men in the very location that the events took place? Great, because the museum is waiting to welcome you!

How much does it cost?

Adults: $7

Children: $5 (Ages 6 to 12)

Discount: Seniors and veterans $6

Free Under: 6 years with a non-group family


Need a little extra help?

Give them a call to ask about the accessibility, they will be happy to help answer any questions!


When can we go?

10am - 4:30pm (sometimes 5:30pm in summer)

Open mid-March to mid-December. (Weekends only first half of March & 1st half of December. Daily from April to November. Closed Thanksgiving)


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