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Karpeles Manuscript Library

68 Spring St, Charleston, SC 29403
+1 843 853 4651
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Ranked #67 of 106 Attractions in Charleston
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- May 25, 2014
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Hampton, Virginia
3 reviews 3 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 25, 2014

We are lovers of Mark Twain, so enjoyed the Mark Twain exhibit immensely. Make no mistake, this is a display of documents. If you like the subject, you'll be entranced. And the curator is interesting and delightful. It's in a bad part of town that isn't serviced by public transportation, so make sure you'll have enough daylight to get back... More

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Chesley, Canada
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44 helpful votes 44 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 21, 2014

Mr karpeles is a wealthy Californian who owns a million documents of historical nature. He has several buildings around the USA where he has rotating exhibits. We saw one here on early American baseball. It was interesting, but not a logical pattern or story but several old letters and scorecards He may be rich but he doesn't spend a penny... More

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Charleston, South Carolina
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31 reviews 31 reviews
21 attraction reviews
52 helpful votes 52 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 23, 2013

Housed in a mid-19th century Greek revival church, Charleston's Karpeles Manuscript Library is one of several such scattered around the United States. These libraries feature selections drawn from the world's largest private manuscript collection, which includes documents from prominent artists, composers, explorers, scientists, political leaders, religious figures, and other culturally and historically significant people. The exhibition at each location changes... More

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Washington, DC
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106 helpful votes 106 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 3, 2012

This is one of a series of places where stuff from the world’s largest private collection of original manuscripts and documentsis shown. It's in a old church of mild interest, by itself. The documents on display vary from time to time as they move from one Karpeles location to another. Not a place for kids, but anyone with a mild... More

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Charleston, SC
17 reviews 17 reviews
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10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 1, 2012

The magnificent 1850's Greek revivl church that houses the museum is worth the visit alone, but add to that the priceless documents an manuscripts inside make this ideal for those serious about history

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