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 David began collecting historical documents in 1978, and now the series of libraries that he and his wife established are located throughout the country.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. On September 21, 1989 Hurricane Hugo tore off the roof of the building and destroyed its interior. 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: Balloon Aviation
When: Jan.3, 2020 - Apr. 28, 2020
Where: Charleston Karpeles Manuscript Museum


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