Fort Wayne, Indiana: Karpeles Museum - Strange Temporary Exhibits

Museum of rare manuscripts and eclectic artifacts that are not permanently displayed. Murderer mail, an original penicillin sample, and notes from the Elephant Man's doctor pal seen in 2010. It can be a bit of a grab bag -- call ahead.
Address:
3039 Piqua Ave., Fort Wayne, IN
Directions:
South of downtown on Calhoun St. to Wildwood, turn left (east). The museum will be on the left at the next corner.
Hours:
T-Sa 10 am - 4 pm. (Call to verify)
Phone:
260-456-6929
Admission:
Free.
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Karpeles Manuscript Museum

Eclectic collection, we saw all sorts of documents from key figures in the modern medicine as well as some original concept drawings from Star Trek: TNG.

[Dave, 08/19/2010]

Karpeles Museum.

Karpeles Museum - Strange Temporary Exhibits

If you see it at the Karpeles today, you may never see it there again. The main exhibits of the museum change every four months. The exhibits are primarily documents. The Fort Wayne Karpeles is part of a national chain of museums that are housed in unique buildings saved from the wrecking ball.

In visiting the Karpeles over the last year we saw the Star of Bethlehem coin. The Roman coin was found near Damascus and was minted in the Kingdom of Israel about the year 1 AD. It seems to commemorate the passing of a special star in the land of King Herod.

During "Letters from the Pen," a letter from Charles Manson was displayed. The letter had been sent out of the prison accompanied by a dead rabbit and covered in Manson's own biological fluids.

The current exhibit includes one of Fleming's five original penicillin samples, as well as notes from Sir Frederick Treves, doctor and friend of Elephant Man Joseph Merrick. Sir Treves performed one of the first successful appendix surgeries on King Edward VII the day before his coronation. Sorry, the appendix was not on display.

[Lisa Olinger, 05/11/2010]

This is one of a number of affiliated "manuscript museums" around the US.

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