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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 Theatre - Amazing Venue and Performance!

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... read more

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

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 NEW

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 NEW

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 NEW

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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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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Reno, 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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Additional Information about Folger Shakespeare Library

Address: Address: 201 E. Capitol Street, Washington DC, DC 20003
Phone Number: 202 544 4600
Location: United States  >  District of Columbia (DC)  >  Washington DC
Open Hours:
Sunday 12:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Monday 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Tuesday 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Wednesday 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Thursday 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Friday 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Saturday 10:00 am - 5:00 pm

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