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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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The Quest for Longitudes - amazing exhibit

Impressive library and memorial of Shakespeare's works. The Quest for Longitude exhibit has an expensive collection of valuables on loan and several multimedia points. The library... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed August 15, 2015
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Media, Pennsylvania
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2015

"Library" is misleading. There are periodic library tours, but they're not frequent. Otherwise the library is not open to the public. Itt is available only by application for demonstrable research purposes. The museum is tiny but OK for about 30 minutes. The current display is largely nautical stuff that needed better explanations. I have 2 degrees in mechanical engineering and... More 

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2015

Impressive library and memorial of Shakespeare's works. The Quest for Longitude exhibit has an expensive collection of valuables on loan and several multimedia points. The library also prepares a scavenger hunt for this exhibit for those interested and library tours. All those activities are free of charge. If you're into engineering, mathematics and geography, the Quest for Longitude is highly... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2015

I guess the special, exclusive tours are very confidential to get into. I just saw the 1st folio of Romeo and Juliet, stuff about the problems of longitude, and a small video about Shakespeare. I had no clue to get to the ACTUAL cool stuff was hard to get into! The old lady at the desk made us feel so... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2015

I've visited this venue for performances for musical performances of the Folger Consort, as well as an production of Mother Courage and Her Children (a Goethe play) and had the good time on both occasions. It is a fairly small 2-level performance space, and not all of the 2nd level seats provide the best views, but the acoustics are good.... More 

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Jackson, Miss.
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 3, 2015

In May, we visited the Folger Theatre for the opening night performance of Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead. Now, I'd worried about buying these tickets. I wasn't sure how much hubs would like the show. He's usually pretty good about going to musicals with me, and he doesn't mind the occasional play. But I was concerned that something absurdist would... More 

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Centreville, Virginia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015

Home to the largest Shakespeare collection in the world, the Folger Shakespeare Library on Capitol Hill was opened in 1932. The Art Deco building with bas relief panels depicting scenes from Shakespeare's plays is on the National Register of Historic Places. The interior is English Tudor style with a massive exhibition hall and intimate Elizabethan theater. The performances in the... More 

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 29, 2015

This is a nice library and memorial to Shakespeare. The staff inside were very helpful and enthusiastic! They really do a lot more events here than I would have thought! It's a lovely structure!

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Annandale, Virginia, United States
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 28, 2015

A friend of mine came to visit and we wanted to do some non-typical touristy things. I'd known about the Folger for a few years, and now finally had the chance to go. To get reservations for a tour (a good idea during tourist season), you have to e-mail them from their webpage, which was a little slow, but easy... More 

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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 5, 2015

An elegant setting with enlightening & provocative exhibits that expand views of Shakespeare's world & times.

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Los Angeles, California
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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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