The Karpeles Manuscript Library in Santa Barbara is a hidden gem. Admission is free. My daughters and I have visited many times over the years. One has the opportunity to see original documents, the real deal. There is a section with manuscripts from great music composers as well as from figures in US and world history. There are special exhibits, as well. The museum is beautiful and easy to visit since it is in downtown Santa Barbara, a half block off State Street, the main street in downtown SB.
Norman Cohan, the curator, twice over the years created a game in which my middle school aged daughters and their friends walked around the museum answering questions related to some of the museum's original documents. A bit of history and a lot of fun. Thank you, Norman.
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