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Folger Shakespeare Library

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Address: 201 E. Capitol Street, Washington DC, DC 20003
Phone Number: 202 544 4600
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Description: The Shakespearean collection at the Folger Library the worlds largest is...
The Shakespearean collection at the Folger Library the worlds largest is only open to the more qualified researcher, but theres still plenty to see, like gardens, Renaissance art and an Elizabethan theater.
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Folger Theater

Went to see "Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead" at the Folger Theater. I had never been to that venue before and it is great. A small intimate theater with very good... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed May 20, 2015
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Los Angeles, California
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22 reviews 22 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2015

Went to see "Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead" at the Folger Theater. I had never been to that venue before and it is great. A small intimate theater with very good sightlines from most seats. Had seen the play before, and this production (in May 2015) was excellent. Also, the theater is convenient as it is located about three blocks... More 

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Crescent City, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 12, 2015

I don't know what displays are made available at the Folger Shakespeare Library in Washington, D.C., on a routine basis. This was a special exhibit, with items brought in on loan from far and wide. I am an English major, my husband is an engineer, and "The Quest for Longitude" was of interest to both of us! We had superb... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 5, 2015

There is no question. If you're into this stuff, you will get the best right here. We had the chance to see the Hamlet, Globe-to-Globe tour. To say you could've heard a pin drop...understatement of the year. Purely mesmerizing.

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Santa Rosa, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 26, 2015

This is a hidden gem of a museum in DC. At present, it has an exhibit running that was first installed in Greenwhich, England. It tells the amazing story of the different methods developed to help navigators find their way around the globe. While a technical subject, the curators did a great job of making it highly accessible and fun.... More 

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Sparks, Nevada
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2015

The Folger Shakespeare Library was free to go inside. There is an exhibition called, "Ships,Clocks & Stars" from 19MAR-23AUG2015 that covers: clocks, compasses, sextants, land/sea navigation, understanding of time and longitude/latitude. Once you walk through that you can see an old European style theater from the balcony. We were unable to see the rest of the library because we did... More 

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 7, 2015

When my daughter and son were students at Hyattsville Middle School, Drama students in Ms. Trainor's class they had the wonderful experience of performing at the Folger Shakespeare Library which both of my kids greatly enjoyed performing for the public and I so enjoyed watching!

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Boulder, Colorado
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 1, 2015

Loved the free tour - very interesting to hear about the Folger Family and their collection. Also enjoyed the current exhibit and the beautiful building. Well worth a 1 - 2 hour visit if you are a Shakespeare fan.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 31, 2015

We originally visited the Folger Shakespeare Library in order to see the performance "Mary Stuary," but we arrived early and decided to take a look around. The limited time collection, "Decoding the Renaissance" was showing just as you entered in. It's a smaller building, but both the interior and exterior architecture is great. The exterior of the library boasts several... More 

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Alexandria, Virginia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 1, 2015

I've visited the library in the past for some of the exhibitions and recently viewed my first performance there. I loved the theater, which is both stunning in beauty, but also very intimate. We sat in the side seats and were closer to the actors than I've ever been in any other theater. The Folger is known for really great... More 

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Jefferson City, Missouri
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 26, 2015

Had no idea of this free museum but our business meeting included this stop on our annual trip to DC. The First Folio of Shakespeare's works is worth a stop by itself, but the special exhibit of cryptanalysis was timely as I had just seen The Imitation Game about cracking Nazi codes. Our docents were well versed and enthusiastic about... More 

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