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This was a surprise!

We have stayed at an Air B&B pretty much across the street from the Karpeles several times and have... read more

Reviewed 25 March 2018
South Burlington, VT
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It's free...so stop in and see what they have

We stopped in one afternoon when guests were in town. They had many Wright Brothers documents... read more

Reviewed 12 July 2016
Mindy M
Summerville, South Carolina
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25 Mar 2018
“This was a surprise!”
23 Aug 2016
“Temporarily Closed”
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68 Spring St, Charleston, SC 29403-5326
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Reviewed 25 March 2018 via mobile

We have stayed at an Air B&B pretty much across the street from the Karpeles several times and have never visited in spite of its being the most imposing building on the street. This week’s chilly wet weather called for indoor activities and the library...More

1  Thank SHB05403
Reviewed 23 August 2016 via mobile

I tried to visit on 8/23/2016. There's a sign on the door stating they're 'temporarily closed.' Somewhat disappointed, because I would have liked to see the Bill of Rights document.

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Reviewed 12 July 2016

We stopped in one afternoon when guests were in town. They had many Wright Brothers documents, which was cool to see. They also had a few Egyptian sandstone hieroglyphics. It is small, and in a rundown old church but it is free and worth an...More

1  Thank Mindy M
Reviewed 29 August 2015

Just the mere size and scope of the Karpeles Manuscript Library at 68 Spring Street in Charleston, South Carolina, takes your breath away. It is the world's largest private collection of original manuscripts and documents. It was founded in 1983 by California real estate magnates...More

4  Thank Taylor B
Reviewed 10 April 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...More

4  Thank Meagan A
Reviewed 25 March 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...More

1  Thank stlighthouse
Reviewed 19 December 2014 via mobile

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.

2  Thank KevinR8
Reviewed 25 May 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...More

3  Thank Reine D
Reviewed 21 March 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...More

2  Thank drillerkc74
Reviewed 23 December 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,...More

2  Thank Robert W
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