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“Overlooked Jacksonville landmark”

Karpeles Manuscript Library
Ranked #73 of 175 things to do in Jacksonville
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Reviewed August 1, 2012

This library houses some incredibly important documents. It sits quietly and humbly out of the way in Jacksonville. Make the trip and be surprised by the staff and collection.

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Reviewed December 10, 2011

In an effort to see and do everything there is to do in downtown Jacksonville we went to the Karepeles to see what was in side. First of all, the museum is in a beautiful historic neo-classic building built in 1921 directly behind the FSCJ downtown campus -- it's actually on the border of downtown Jax and historic Springfield. It is FREE and is operated by donations and volunteers only. There were 2 volunteers on hand, one very knowledgeable, the other offered greetings but not much else. We learned about the history of the building, was shown a book of other historic buildings in the city and then we went and looked at the historic documents that were on display.

The special exhibit were notes & correspondence of Charles Darwin and half of the items on display were part of this exhibit. There were some interesting pieces but for me the favorite was a piece of Puccini's handwritten sheet music for Madame Butterfly. While there weren't many documents to take a look at, it allowed us the time to fully absorb everything that was in there (quality over quantity).

Definitely worth stopping in if you find yourself in downtown Jacksonville or Springield, and certainly an educational experience for the family. I just wish they had a few more items to take a look at it.

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