Where can you look with your own eyes at original pieces of written history? Things like the original Bill of Rights, Handel’s Messiah (copied in the hand of Beethoven), and the first printing of the Ten Commandments from the Gutenberg Bible from 1455. You can find these and many more in one of the Karpeles Manuscript Library Museums.
There are 17 Karpeles Museums located in 15 cities throughout the US along with a number of “Mini-Museums” in schools and office buildings. These museums contain more than a million manuscripts and documents all coming from one private collection. In the 1980’s David and Marsha Karpeles, California real estate tycoons, had the desire to help develop learning, especially for children. They opened their museums to make these items more accessible to everyone. It is very fitting that these historical pieces have found their homes in museums that are located in historical buildings.
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Beyond documents, you may find paintings, coins and other items as the museums rotate items quarterly. Be sure to check out their online website to learn more about our rich history. https://karpeles.com/index.php