Karpeles Manuscript Museum Charleston 


Karpeles Manuscript Museum Charleston


The Karpeles Manuscript Museum Charleston is 1 of 14 Karpeles Manuscript Museums in the United States. The museum has the largest private collection of original documents and manuscripts.

The revolving series of over 1 million documents represents the eccentric private holdings of David and Marsha Karpeles. David began collecting historical documents in 1978, and now the series of libraries that he and his wife established are located throughout the country. The exhibits change four times a year so check the libraries website to see what is currently being displayed. The museum in Charleston is housed in a former Methodist church named St. James Chapel which was built in 1856. During the Civil War Confederates used the building as a hospital and stored medical supplies there. Hurricane Hugo tore off the roof of the building and destroyed its interior on September 21, 1989. Following renovation, the building reopened on November 11, 1990. The museum is located on the outskirts of the historic district and has free on-site parking. The library offers free admission and is less crowded compared to other museums and attractions in Charleston. This museum is really enjoyable for history buffs but not recommended for young children.


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Karpeles Manuscript Museum Charleston
Hours and Admission


Hours:
Tues. - Sun. 11 am - 4 pm
Closed Mondays and Holidays

Admission:
Free


Karpeles Manuscript Museum Charleston
Address and Map


Karpeles Manuscript Museum
68 Spring St
Charleston SC 29403
(843) 853-4651
Karpeles Manuscript Museum Website


Current Exhibits 
at the Karpeles Manuscript Museum Charleston


Current Exhibition: Who are the most successful women in world history?
When: May 1, 2019 - Aug. 28, 2019
Where: Charleston Karpeles Manuscript Museum

The exhibit will not include authors, nor women in medicine, nor aviation and space. It will include many regents, two or three of modern rulers, and a few in the women's rights movement and the abolition movement. It will also mention a couple of super achievers; one, a saint and one, a would be saint; Joan of Arc and Evita. Finally, you will be introduced to a name that is not famous (an egregious oversight will be rectified within the next couple of generations); Lise Meitner, the Austrian physicist who discovered nuclear fission. (The Mother of the Atomic Bomb)


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