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The Karpeles Manuscript Museum

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Address: 700 22nd Street, Rock Island, IL 61201
Phone Number: 309 788 0806
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History in our midst

The museum is housed in the former Christian Science Church which was built in 1914 and is a National Historic Landmark. That in itself makes it interesting. The current display... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed August 7, 2013
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Davenport, Iowa
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2014

While touring Broadway Historic District, you have to stop here. Not only do they have some amazing historical documents and artifacts, they also hold many neighborhood events on the premises. The building was abandoned for many years and is slowly being restored to its former glory in addition to providing a great neighborhood museum and gathering place. The best part... More 

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Sherrard, IL
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 17, 2013

I've never really been to a museum like this. The place is made up of displayed manuscripts that rotate every few months. The manuscripts are selective by necessity, and not comprehensive. You get a glimpse into what the documents look like and day for the subject being displayed. I spent less than 1/2 hour there, and I'm relatively certain that... More 

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Des Moines, Iowa, USA
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 19, 2013

We visited this small museum on a Saturday and were the only ones there. Bryan was a wonderful host, full of energy and information. The temporary exhibit at the time featured manuscripts relating to John Adams; the previous exhibit was related to Sigmund Freud. Not all of the documents are originals, but many of them are; the others are beautiful... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2013

There are only a few items on exhibit but worth an hour of your time. Looking for something to do on a weekend, this is worth a short visit.

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Davenport, Iowa
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 7, 2013

The museum is housed in the former Christian Science Church which was built in 1914 and is a National Historic Landmark. That in itself makes it interesting. The current display is Sigmund Freud's original writings concerning his views on psychoanalysis, some in German and some in English. The displays explain them since they are not easy to read. The current... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2013

The museum is free, you can't go far wrong at that price. Original documents are displayed in a couple dozen glass cases. The current exhibit is Sigmund Freud. Most documents are in German, although I could not make out the English letters, either. I enjoyed seeing a letter signed "Onkel Sigm." (Uncle Sigmund). Another letter signed in both original German... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 2, 2013

The museum is free and takes about a half hour to go through. The exhibit while we were there was manuscripts from Charles Darwin. They change manuscript exhibits about every 3-4 months. The building itself is very historical and interesting. They're working on the 2nd floor auditorium so it sounds like by the end of summer there will be even... More 

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