John Brown Wax Museum

Harpers Ferry

Not to be confused with the National Park–run museum, this private wax museum is a kitschy (and rather overpriced) attraction that pays tribute to the man who led an ill-conceived slave rebellion here. The exhibits are very old-school; nothing says historical accuracy like scratchy vocals, jerky animatronics and dusty old dioramas. But younger kids seem to dig it – maybe because some of the scenes are a bit horrifying.

Keep an eye out for the wax replica of museum's founder – he's tucked among the historic figures in one of the dioramas.

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