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The Karpeles Manuscript Museum features exhibits of historical documents from the private collection of Dr. David Karpeles. The Karpeles Library is the world's largest private holding of important original manuscripts & documents. The archives include literature, science, religion, history, and art. Every 4 months, the museum features a new exhibit so there is always something exciting to see! Visit our website or visit us on Facebook at  https://m.facebook.com/KarpelesRockIsland/

Come and visit this unique museum housed in the former First Church of Christ Scientist. The grand Rock Island church was closed, dormant and neglected for almost 20 years before being renovated into the manuscript museum. Today, this 1914 structure has been restored and features an amazing 12-foot-tall, stained glass dome.  From floor to dome base is an additional 40-feet of height. Discover the museum and this amazing building during Quad Cities Museum Week.

The exhibit during Museum Week features a collection of the atomic bomb drawings, pictures, maps, and letters.  Four model ships with corresponding documents and a room filled with early communication devices and documents from Samuel F.B. Morse are just some of the things to discover during Museum Week 2017. http://www.rain.org/~karpeles/RIfrm.html


Free Admission

Tuesday10:30 am - 3:30 pm
Wednesday10:30 am - 3:30 pm
Thursday10:30 am - 3:30 pm
Friday10:30 am - 3:30 pm
Saturday10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Sunday10:00 am - 4:00 pm
location_on700 22nd Street, Rock Island