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The Karpeles Manuscript Museum

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Address: 700 22nd St, Rock Island, IL 61201-2613
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+1 309-788-0806
11:00 - 16:00
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Tue - Fri 10:30 - 15:30
Sat - Sun 11:00 - 16:00

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Wonderful building and exhibit

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... read more

Reviewed 5 December 2016
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Reviewed 5 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 too. Well worth some time to visit.

Thank BorneoMel
Manhattan Beach, California
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
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 right up to them and read what was written. The historical contexts were familiar to... More 

Thank 00Bruce00
Rock Island, Illinois
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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 he had to show us that you couldn't help but smile, he really made it... More 

Thank Emily B
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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 history of the building and really made our visit a great experience.

1 Thank Randyl M
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Reviewed 23 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 glory in addition to providing a great neighborhood museum and gathering place. The best part... More 

5 Thank Anthony H
Sherrard, IL
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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 subject being displayed. I spent less than 1/2 hour there, and I'm relatively certain that... More 

1 Thank Steven A
Des Moines, Iowa, USA
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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 all of the documents are originals, but many of them are; the others are beautiful... More 

Thank Jacquelyn P
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
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.

1 Thank Tom B
Davenport, Iowa
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Reviewed 7 August 2013

The museum is housed in the former Christian Science Church which was built in 1914 and is a National Historic Landmark. That in itself makes it interesting. The current display is Sigmund Freud's original writings concerning his views on psychoanalysis, some in German and some in English. The displays explain them since they are not easy to read. The current... More 

1 Thank QCfoodie
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Reviewed 24 July 2013

The museum is free, you can't go far wrong at that price. Original documents are displayed in a couple dozen glass cases. The current exhibit is Sigmund Freud. Most documents are in German, although I could not make out the English letters, either. I enjoyed seeing a letter signed "Onkel Sigm." (Uncle Sigmund). Another letter signed in both original German... More 

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