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Address: 68 Spring St, Charleston, SC 29403
Phone Number: +1 843 853 4651
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I found the Karpeles Manuscript Library while researching Charleston on Pinterest. I just knew I had to fit it in my trip. So glad I did. This a very special hidden gem in... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed April 10, 2015
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Louisville, Kentucky, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 10, 2015 via mobile

I found the Karpeles Manuscript Library while researching Charleston on Pinterest. I just knew I had to fit it in my trip. So glad I did. This a very special hidden gem in Charleston. Go visit it! The building is beautiful and definitely stands out in the neighborhood. Don't worry you are at the right place. Just walk in. The... More 

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Saint George
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2015

My husband and I were able to visit the Karpeles Manuscript Museum last week. A family member told us about it some time ago, but we were never in downtown Charleston during the week. So, we made an extra effort to see it. The museum is housed in a church building that was built in 1851 (I believe). It is... More 

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Salt Lake City, Utah
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 19, 2014

I came across this building during me morning walk and was curious what it was about. It wasn't open ye but apparently has a Mark Twain exhibit. I'll have to return another time as it looks interesting.

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Hampton, Virginia
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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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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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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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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
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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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