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Karpeles Manuscript Library Museum

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Address: 407 S G St, Tacoma, WA 98405-4711
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+1 253-383-2575
10:00 - 16:00
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The Karpeles museum in Tacoma is one of several branches nationwide that...

The Karpeles museum in Tacoma is one of several branches nationwide that feature extremely rare and important historical documents.

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A Fantastic Free Manuscript Museum - A Must See

The museum curator is friendly, courteous, very welcoming and passionate about his craft. He will make you feel at home and is generous in explaining the history of the museum... read more

Reviewed 19 September 2015
Tampa, Florida
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Tampa, Florida
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Reviewed 19 September 2015

The museum curator is friendly, courteous, very welcoming and passionate about his craft. He will make you feel at home and is generous in explaining the history of the museum. He is a wealth of knowledge about the exhibits they are displaying and the history of the museum. What makes this place even better is that they rotate show exhibits... More 

1 Thank 8ric
Bakersfield, California, United States
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Reviewed 16 August 2015

I was very disappointed the museum was not open. According to web site it was supposed to be open, however, it is currently, as of August 15, 2015, closed Saturday, Sumday and Monday.

1 Thank Peggy S
Tacoma, Washington
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Reviewed 30 July 2015

One of the most interesting Museums I have been to. This museum changes it's exhibition frequently. The hours are not ideal, but well worth the visit. Manuscripts and letters signed by the historical figures who authored them. Something not to be missed!

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New York
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Reviewed 26 July 2015 via mobile

Adjacent to Tacoma's Weight Park and Seymour Conservatory, the Karpeles is a terrific little gem of a stop. The variety of important and interest documents, letters, manuscripts, and autographs is always fascinating. While the items on display are not large in number, they are so valuable and interesting.

3 Thank W.H. D
Aberdeen, Washington
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Reviewed 15 May 2015

We had spent time at the Tacoma Art Museum so decided to include a return visit to the Karpeles. It was the highlight of our afternoon. Charles Dickens awaited us---what a treat to see words written in his own hand AND original illustrations found in some of his works! Personal handwriting never fails to bring a lump to my throat.... More 

5 Thank PatriciaMcEwenWarren
Tacoma, Washington
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Reviewed 19 February 2015

Why is this small museum, which has excellent exhibits of manuscripts in Tacoma? I don't know, but I have seen some great exhibits there. It's small. Just drop in and se what they have.

2 Thank Lyz K
Tacoma, Washington
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Reviewed 18 February 2015

Tucked away opposite Wright Park with an enthusiast curator. Original manuscripts including Logs from Lord Nelson, Helen Keller and The Author of 'The Little Prince'. The Curator will find out YOUR interests, delve down in his collection and bring items that you will find of interest to YOU!

5 Thank pickleballpolly
Springfield, VA
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Reviewed 15 October 2014

This is a private collection owned by one family. The exhibits are not fancy, but the documents are fascinating. It's great that they rotate, so you get opportunities to see many different interesting items on a variety of themes. The curator makes it all much more interesting, so if you get a chance connect with him when you arrive. Don't... More 

2 Thank Kaarin
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Reviewed 1 October 2014

It seems the Karpeles comprises the private collection of a billionaire with its bits traveling amongst its various sites. We caught it highlighting documents of and about John Quincy Adams. The curator personally regaled us with some other documents -- copies of originals -- as we were the only visitors at the time. He was quite interesting and interested.

1 Thank broosek
Sumner, Washington
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Reviewed 28 March 2014

We have lived in the Tacoma area for a very long time & did not know of the Karpeles Museum. Very interesting place to see. The displays change a few times a year check web site. The Karpeles have 11 locations across the country, all private funded with no admission fee. Will be back to see again.

2 Thank JALFAN

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