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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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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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If you're a Shakespeare buff, or appreciate literature in any fashion, this out-of-the way destination is a must-see!

We decided to check out the library, and found it fascinating and informative. Who knew Shakespeare was such an interesting guy? Learning Shakespearean insults was the best... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 1 week ago
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

We decided to check out the library, and found it fascinating and informative. Who knew Shakespeare was such an interesting guy? Learning Shakespearean insults was the best! The research library is fascinating, and learning of the restoration process for old and valuable books was something you won't find most places.

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

3 blocks from the Capitol and just a block from the Library of Congress, this privately owned but free to the public gallery, library, museum and working theater is well worth the visit. The exhibits change periodically. The theater offers not only plays but concerts and lectures too. Note there is only one handicap entrance so it can take a... More 

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Cary, North Carolina
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 weeks ago

There are many artifacts from a long time ago. You can even get a tour at certain times that tell you in depth about Shakespeare. The Library even has one of the first Shakespeare play books on display.

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Bandon, Oregon
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 31, 2015

The Folger Shakespeare Library is an easy walk from the Library of Congress. The small exhibit was interesting and included a folio under glass that was searchable by computer. We decided to wait for the volunteer tour guide. She was a retired high school English teacher that loved Shakespeare. While we only got a peek into the researcher's area where... More 

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Fort Collins, Colorado
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 17, 2015

This is our second visit to the Folger to see a Shakespeare play in 2015, so I bought tickets early for 'Pericles' and enjoyed reading a terrific review in the NY Times --it got us very 'up' to see it, and did it ever hit the mark! Everyone visiting DC owes it to themselves to go to some production here!... More 

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Cardiff, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 16, 2015 via mobile

Museum was beautiful. Location beautiful. Exhibition interesting. The security guard was super annoying however and really rude - like, I get security is important, but he wasn't being vigilant, he was being a jerk!!! ASIDE from him, the theatre was beautiful and the production was fantastic. Can't wait to visit again :)

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Baton Rouge, Louisiana
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 18, 2015

My creative writer daughter booked a docent tour online for the three of us, and it was well worth it. There is a lot to see, and it's valuable to know what you're looking at. We learned all about the Folger family's collections (one of the largest collections of original Shakespeare folios and related materials in the US) and how... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 14, 2015

Surprising homage to Oxbridge dining hall within Capitol Hill grand building. Excellent library and current exhibition of old manuscripts - bring your magnifying glass.

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Seattle, Washington
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 11, 2015

It was okay to check our the United States only Elizabeth theater, but it's quite small. There is one exhibit where you can learn more about law history but that is pretty much it. If you are crunched on time, this is skippable.

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Melbourne, Victoria
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 29, 2015

This is a free library to visit located just near the Capitol Building. You can do a self guided tour or a tour with a docent, which I would recommend as the amount of detail and information about their Shakespearean collection would not be obvious without their instruction. The highlight and the reason we visited was the magnificent reading room,... More 

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