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Wonderful collection of historical manuscripts. Amazing.

Very interesting collections of manuscripts through the ages. Hard to believe how in-debth this... read more

Reviewed April 22, 2018
Tamar H
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 February 16, 2018
Santa Barbara, California
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Reviewed April 22, 2018

Very interesting collections of manuscripts through the ages. Hard to believe how in-debth this collection is. Very memorable. A real gee-whizzer place.

Date of experience: January 2018
Thank Tamar H
Reviewed February 16, 2018

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.

Date of experience: February 2018
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Reviewed February 2, 2018

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

Date of experience: December 2017
Thank Joe G
Reviewed July 15, 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

Date of experience: May 2017
1  Thank RCSColumbus
Reviewed July 3, 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 It's a fun and educational museum with mostly copies of important historical documents.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!

Date of experience: July 2017
Thank Adrian F
Reviewed January 14, 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

Date of experience: January 2017
1  Thank DrStuo
Reviewed December 23, 2016

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

Date of experience: January 2016
Thank Anabel-2013
Reviewed July 25, 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

Date of experience: July 2016
1  Thank IdeasAndOpinions
Reviewed April 25, 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

Date of experience: June 2015
Thank Jiminsb
Reviewed November 27, 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

Date of experience: July 2015
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