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Karpeles Manuscript Library

21 West Anapamu Street, Santa Barbara, CA 93101-3107
+1 805-962-5322
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A quirky but excellent collection of manuscripts, model ships, and so forth.

Well worth seeking out and visiting. Admission is free but you need to check opening hours. This is... read more

Reviewed 6 days ago
Waterloonie
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Santa Barbara, California
Amazing Manuscripts!

If you are a history buff or just have interest in older documents this is the place to visit. From... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Joe G
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Boise, Idaho
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21 West Anapamu Street, Santa Barbara, CA 93101-3107
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Reviewed 6 days ago

Well worth seeking out and visiting. Admission is free but you need to check opening hours. This is a private collection of fascinating documents and other strange and wonderful things. Recommended.

Thank Waterloonie
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

If you are a history buff or just have interest in older documents this is the place to visit. From old manuscripts about Moses and the ten commandments to travel documents from all parts of the world this is an amazing display of interesting history....More

Thank Joe G
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Reviewed 15 July 2017

It was interesting to learn that this is only one of 11 Karpeles Museums in the U.S. with pieces and parts of the collection continually rotating among them. As a result, some of the documents and artifacts in this museum are copies, with the originals...More

1  Thank RCSColumbus
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Reviewed 3 July 2017 via mobile

This museum is on a side street so not that many people know about it or take the time to visit. It's a fun and educational museum with mostly copies of important historical documents. This is a worthwhile trip and free last time I checked!

Thank Adrian F
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Reviewed 14 January 2017

Wonderful venue for presenting public events. If you don't charge admission they don't charge you to use the space! We had over 80 people attend our event last night which was a staged reading of original plays. The document collection itself is very interesting, the...More

1  Thank DrStuo
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Reviewed 23 December 2016

A visit to this museum provides information on manuscripts collected and exhibited in a small intimate space.

Thank Anabel-2013
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Reviewed 26 July 2016

Private collection of David Karpeles, a contractor who started collecting historical letters, charts, contracts when they could be had at reasonable prices. Everything from handwritten letters from artists, scientists, politicians, authors, religious figures to paintings and charts dating back to antiquity. No way of predicting...More

1  Thank IdeasAndOpinions
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Reviewed 25 April 2016

I had high expectations, after hearing that the original manuscripts of many great works were housed at the Karpeles Library, but was disappointed at the displays that seemed to house copies of much of the collection. Perhaps security mandates this approach, but why visit in...More

Thank Jiminsb
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Reviewed 27 November 2015

Karpeles Manuscript Library is one of Santa Barbara's hidden gems. Located downtown, it is unobtrusive and easy to miss, only a block away from the much larger and easily recognizable Santa Barbara Museaum of Art. The name "Manuscript Library" sounds incredibly dry and frankly uninteresting,...More

2  Thank Sam M
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Reviewed 15 August 2015

My husband and I both enjoyed this find. It has documents varying from Happy Birthday to Mozart to Lincoln to ancient Torah. It has two floors, however, is small so you can go through in an hour or less if desired. If you don't want...More

1  Thank IreneDJ2
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