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JAARS Museum of the Alphabet
Ranked #2 of 6 things to do in Waxhaw
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Waxhaw, North Carolina, USA
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5 reviews
“Worth seeing this one!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 April 2014

A real gem. One-of-a-kind museum will enthrall museum-lovers and anyone interested in the history of written language. The displays are phenomenal, the presentation very layered, from bold easy-to-understand overviews to highly detailed content about the development of specific families of alphabets. There is something for the casual tourist with only short time to browse but the professional linguist will be impressed as well. One could easily spend a day or two in this small building trying to absorb all of the content.

Visited April 2014
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English first
Volga, South Dakota
1 review
“Learn Something!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 February 2014

You could walk into this little museum knowing basically nothing about the world's writing systems and their history and walk out with a ton of new knowledge. There's no admission fee (amazing!), so you can just walk in and follow the history of written language from it's beginnings to today. If you are a scholar and want to truly learn all there is to, I would recommend spending a day in here. Get halfway through, take a break for lunch, then finish the second half. My husband and I went in for the afternoon and regretted not giving ourselves more time.

Visited February 2014
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Waxhaw, North Carolina
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23 reviews
4 attraction reviews
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“Worth the ride!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 November 2013

Very interesting exhibits & film presentation. Plan to stay several hours to see all the exhibits. If you're there at lunch time, the cafeteria is excellent & very reasonable-cash only! Something for all age groups.

Visited December 2012
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Waxhaw, North Carolina
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8 reviews
“Definitely worth the trip”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 November 2013

It's not the typical museum theme. It is about our alphabet, something we use each and every day. Informative, educational, well worth the time.

Visited December 2012
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Dayton, TN
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59 reviews
11 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
“Amazing - great little museum”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 August 2013

Wow...incredible amount of information in a small space. And very well laid out with wonderful displays. Very worth the time

Visited August 2013
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