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The Karpeles Manuscript Museum

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My mouth was hanging open...

Ok, I will admit it, I really didn't want to go, but wife and son heard they has paperwork there... read more

Reviewed 2 July 2018
Davenport, Iowa
Wonderful building and exhibit

The wonderful woman who runs this museum really made our stop there a special treat. From showing... read more

Reviewed 6 December 2016
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Jul 1, 2018
“My mouth was hanging open...”
Nov 4, 2018
“Interesting, more adult-friendly than family-oriented”
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Reviewed 5 November 2018

We decided to visit based on other reviews and because we are bibliophiles. We had read reviews mentioning Wright brothers documents, and thought it sounded fun. But note - the manuscripts are changed on a rotating basis. The staff person on duty explained that they...More

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank Karen W
Reviewed 2 July 2018

Ok, I will admit it, I really didn't want to go, but wife and son heard they has paperwork there pertaining to the Wright brothers. Did they ever!!!! Writings, letters, drawings, and orders that pertained to the Wright Brothers after their first historic flight. The...More

Date of experience: June 2018
Reviewed 6 December 2016

The wonderful woman who runs this museum really made our stop there a special treat. From showing us around the amazing building to telling us about the great collection and the goals of the Karpeles family, she was so hospitable. The collectionw as very good...More

Date of experience: December 2016
1  Thank BorneoMel
Reviewed 21 October 2016

There is a lot more to "manuscripts" than simply people's signatures, and the Karpeles Manuscript Museum makes this abundantly clear. The exhibition room displays a collection of documents hand written by famous (and also not-so-famous) historical individuals, in such a way that you can get...More

Date of experience: October 2016
2  Thank 00Bruce00
Reviewed 12 October 2016 via mobile

This is a museum that is owned by a family that appreciates collecting and preserving manuscripts and old artifacts. The exhibits travel and change every month so there is always something new to look at. The guide that worked there was so excited about what...More

Date of experience: October 2016
1  Thank Emily B
Reviewed 8 June 2015

My boyfriend and I visited The Karpeles Manuscript Museum today, it was an unexpected delight. As we walked through the door we were greeted by possibly the most pleasant and enthusiastic gentleman I have ever met. The host Bryan was knowledgeable in regards to the...More

Date of experience: June 2015
2  Thank Randyl M
Reviewed 24 August 2014 via mobile

While touring Broadway Historic District, you have to stop here. Not only do they have some amazing historical documents and artifacts, they also hold many neighborhood events on the premises. The building was abandoned for many years and is slowly being restored to its former...More

6  Thank anthonyh181
Reviewed 17 December 2013

I've never really been to a museum like this. The place is made up of displayed manuscripts that rotate every few months. The manuscripts are selective by necessity, and not comprehensive. You get a glimpse into what the documents look like and day for the...More

Date of experience: June 2013
1  Thank Steven A
Reviewed 20 October 2013 via mobile

We visited this small museum on a Saturday and were the only ones there. Bryan was a wonderful host, full of energy and information. The temporary exhibit at the time featured manuscripts relating to John Adams; the previous exhibit was related to Sigmund Freud. Not...More

Thank WastelandWitch
Reviewed 4 September 2013

There are only a few items on exhibit but worth an hour of your time. Looking for something to do on a weekend, this is worth a short visit.

Date of experience: September 2013
1  Thank Tom B
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