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Karpeles Manuscript Library Museum

407 South G Street, Tacoma, WA 98405
(253) 383-2575 ‎
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Ranked #24 of 35 attractions in Tacoma
Description: The Karpeles museum in Tacoma is one of several branches nationwide that feature extremely rare and important historical documents.
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Sumner, Washington
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136 reviews 136 reviews
29 attraction reviews
38 helpful votes 38 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 27, 2014

We have lived in the Tacoma area for a very long time & did not know of the Karpeles Museum. Very interesting place to see. The displays change a few times a year check web site. The Karpeles have 11 locations across the country, all private funded with no admission fee. Will be back to see again.

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Lexington, Virginia
4 reviews 4 reviews
3 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 2, 2013

Make sure to make time for this if you love books, writing, ephemera of writing, old-school materials, hidden messages and a good research hunt. Tacoma is lucky to have something so valuable. Make use of it!

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Gig Harbor, Washington
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26 reviews 26 reviews
5 attraction reviews
56 helpful votes 56 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 8, 2012

I would venture that less then 10% of long time Tacoma residents even know that this place exists. This is privately funded, so unlike most government supported museums isn't constantly promoting themselves and seeking donations. They don't even ask you to pay an admission to enter. What a concept -- a museum anxious to share their collection with anyone interested.... More

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Bellevue, Washington
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76 reviews 76 reviews
16 attraction reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2012

...that this museum, one of six in the US, even existed? Not me, until I visited adjacent Wright Park, looked across the street, and saw an old American Legion building that now houses the Museum. Exhibits change every four months. The current one, ending August 30, is: Arthur Conan Doyle, Houdini and Spiritualism. In their permanent collection is the Japanese... More

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37 reviews 37 reviews
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20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 12, 2012

I like to visit this museum before or after I go to Seymour Conservatory across the street from it. Because it's a manuscript museum I think it's more interesting to adults than to children. Best of all, it's free!

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