The Quad-Cities’ newest museum is scheduled to open Monday in Rock Island.

The Karpeles Manuscript Library Museum at 700 22nd St. will officially open its doors to the public from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday, museum director John Snow said.

“We are excited about our opportunity to bring the Karpeles Manuscript Library to the Quad-City area and to give the people of our community an opportunity to view our collection of manuscripts,” Snow said.

The Karpeles Manuscript Library Museum is the world’s largest private holding of important original manuscripts and documents. The archives include manuscripts from the fields of literature, science, religion, history and art. Among the treasures are the original draft of the Bill of Rights, the original manuscript of “The Wedding March,” Einstein’s description of his theory of relativity, the Thanksgiving proclamation signed by George Washington and excerpts from Roget’s Thesaurus and Webster’s Dictionary.

The museum will open with an exhibit featuring the life and writings of Mark Twain, who spent a good portion of his life writing about the people, places and his experiences along the Mississippi River including a period of time when he was a reporter for the Muscatine Journal.

The Mark Twain exhibit will be at the museum through the end of the year.

Regular hours for the museum will be 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday. Admission is free.

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