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Folger Shakespeare Library

201 E. Capitol Street, Washington DC, DC 20003
202 544 4600
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Ranked #85 of 257 Attractions in Washington DC
Type: Libraries
Owner description: The Shakespearean collection at the Folger Library the worlds largest is only open to the more qualified researcher, but theres still plenty to see,... more » Owner description: 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. « less
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Perth, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 25, 2014 NEW

This library is a tribute to the Bard's works and times, the library also doubles as a museum displaying Elizabethan treasures. Just had a quick look

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Indianapolis, Indiana
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 22, 2014

Spent a very short time in this Mecca for Will-ophiles, but it was long enough to get a very interesting, impromptu tour from one of the desk attendants. Seeing one of the First Folio editions of Shakespeare's plays is the high point of the visit. Located just around the corner from the Library of Congress. Admission free.

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London, England, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 21, 2014

I was expecting to see lots of copies Shakespeare instead all we saw was the First Folio and a heraldry exhibition and a room with figurines and paintings. What of the the theatre and the garden? We did see a short video which did not tell me more than I already know. Perhaps one must go on the 11 a.m.... More

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Nairobi, Kenya
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 11, 2014

The Library has excellent display cases for the Shakespeare buff, including some of the 1623 first folios in their possession. Check the program in the adjacent theater. I watched 'King Lear' in September 2014, and was much pleased.

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New York City, New York
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 7, 2014

Shakespeare is (along with JRR Tolkien) my favorite author of all time and I'd wanted to visit the Folger Shakespeare Library for many years and finally got the chance to do so on my last trip to Washington DC, in August, when I was in town for a conference (unrelated to Shakespeare). The Folger is relatively small and can be... More

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Buffalo, New York
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2014

If you are a Shakespeare aficianado, you should visit the Folger library...but call ahead first. I went on a Saturday to see the current exhibit on Heraldry in Shakespeare's time. While the exhibit was excellent, and the building was beautiful, that's really all there was to see. I was happy with the experience until I went to the gift boutique.... More

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Madrid, Spain
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 12, 2014

.....at 12 noon when there is a free guided tour of the Reading Room for registered scholars which is not normally open to the public. Book in advance as there only 15 places available. Otherwise there are two general 90min tours every day, Mon-Sat. We missed both of the above options and there was not really much else to see,... More

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Bangkok, Thailand
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 10, 2014

We've a lovely afternoon here! Just went there yesterday around 1 pm. We've met one lady (look like a librarian.) She makes the museum looks alive! She guided us around the building, go to the impressive theater, Mrs. Folger's room, some rare Shakespere's stuff. I can tell you that just the museum is not that good. Yes, it has many... More

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Toronto, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 8, 2014

This quiet building behind the Supreme Court houses one of the greatest collections of Shakespearean and other Renaissance books, manuscripts, etc. in the world. Of course, ordinary visitors aren’t allowed access, but you can peek into the library and see scholars poring over these precious materials. Docents are always around to guide visitors through an exhibit and an in-house theatre.

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Sarisbury
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 2, 2014

Great staff who were knowledgable and incredibly helpful. Travelled from the UK to see the greatest collection of Shakespeare's work in the World. Loved DC and this was a real highlight.

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