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Atlas Obscura A Massive Library Museum of Original Manuscripts

The original Bill of Rights, Darwin’s Theory of Evolution, the first printing of the Ten Commandments from the 1455 Gutenberg Bible, the world’s first baseball card, and Richard Wagner’s “Wedding March,” all original, are all part of the same impressive archive, the world’s largest private collection of original manuscripts and documents.

Divvied up among 11 locations in the U.S., the Karpeles Manuscript Library boasts original copies of some of the most important papers from history. It was founded in 1983 by California real estate moguls David and Marsha Karpeles, and is now displayed in museums in various American cities.

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Atlas Obscura 2018
40.31km
3M Birthplace Museum

Discover 3M Birthplace Museum in Two Harbors, Minnesota: This institution celebrates the happy accidents of uncommon sticktoitiveness.

Atlas Obscura 2018
65.43km
Minnesota’s Singing Beach

When the waves disturb the rocks, they tinkle like millions of tiny bells.

Atlas Obscura 2019
108.85km
Hinckley Fire Museum

Discover Hinckley Fire Museum in Hinckley, Minnesota: Its collection contains relics from the devastating disaster that set the town ablaze.

Atlas Obscura 2017
1.33km
A Mausoleum To An Impractical Idea

Harvey Whitney of Duluth expected to make a lot of money, but instead he ended up with a useless pile of concrete.

Atlas Obscura 2019
31.75km
Free Range Film Barn

Discover Free Range Film Barn in Wrenshall, Minnesota: This century-old barn is home to a homey, eclectic film festival.

Atlas Obscura 2019
18.12km
Ely’s Peak and DWP Railroad Tunnel

Discover Ely's Peak and DWP Railroad Tunnel in Duluth, Minnesota: A spooky defunct railroad tunnel now part of a sprawling trail.

Atlas Obscura 2017
8.61km
Grassy Point Railroad Bridge

Discover Grassy Point Railroad Bridge in Minnesota: A haunting army of decomposing, moss-covered stuffed animals and dolls guard this swinging truss.

Atlas Obscura 2016
96.21km
Greyhound Bus Museum

Discover Greyhound Bus Museum in Hibbing, Minnesota: An abandoned bus station transformed into a museum dedicated to the history of Greyhound Lines, in the place where it all began.

Atlas Obscura 2018
87.81km
The World’s Largest Floating Loon

The 20-foot-long statue bobs in the lake to kick off an annual festival.

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26.7km
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Jay Cooke State Park: A Bridge to Freedom of the Mind
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Atlas Obscura 2020
24.73km
Tom’s Logging Camp

Discover Tom's Logging Camp in Duluth, Minnesota: This quirky roadside attraction provides insight into Minnesota's logging history.

Atlas Obscura 2017
8.4km
A World of Accordions Museum

Discover A World of Accordions Museum in Superior, Wisconsin: A collection of 1,300 accordions of all shapes and sizes displayed in chronological order.

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11.08km
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Lake Superior Zoo
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