Karpeles Manuscript Museum

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Karpeles Manuscript Museum


Put down your e-reader -- and take a trip back in time to an era when reading material was made of paper, and some was even written (gasp!) by hand.

The Karpeles Manuscript Museum houses the world’s largest private collection of historic manuscripts in a Greek Revival building fronted by dramatic Corinthian columns. Originally a Methodist church, the grand structure served as a hospital during the Civil War. These days, it’s supported by philanthropist David Karpeles, who funds 7 other document repositories nationwide. The museum rotates exhibits regularly, so check out its website to find out what’s on view the day you plan to visit. Be sure to check out must-see items in the Karpeles’s permanent displays as well, including the Constitution of the Confederate States of America.

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