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Folger Shakespeare Library

Address: 201 E. Capitol Street, Washington DC, DC 20003
Phone Number: 202 544 4600
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Ranked #72 of 243 Attractions in Washington DC
Type: Libraries, Traveler Resources
Owner description: The Shakespearean collection at the Folger Library the worlds largest is only open to the more...
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Type: Libraries, Traveler Resources
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Sun 12:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Mon - Sat 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
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.

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Arlington, Virginia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 17, 2015

The Penn Faulkner society presents all sorts of Q & A discussions with some of the best writers in the English-speaking world. The Folger provides a beautiful setting for speakings and readings and then a comfortable environment for receptions after the readings. Tickets are very reasonably priced and the quality of the writers can't be over-estimated.

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Farmington, Connecticut
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 6, 2015

We popped into the Folger to see the "Decoding the Renaissance" exhibit. Having just seen "The Imitation Game" about solving the Enigma code during WWII, I was interested to see just how ancient writing in code really is. It's definitely worth a visit.

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Chicago, Illinois
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42 attraction reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 3, 2015

This library is just behind the U.S. Supreme Court building on Capitol Hill. It was open on a rainy Sunday, and was a surprise hit for me. Along a long corridor they have a special exhibit which is always interesting and cerebral. This time it was 'Decoding the Renaissance', about cipher codes and machines in the Middle Ages and up... More 

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Nashville, Tennessee
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 11, 2014

We have always been knocked out by the theatre productions at the Folger. Their 2014 production of Julius Ceasar maintained the tradition of excellence. Edgy, fresh, foreboding, we were completely immersed in the drama. Bravi.

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Iowa
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12 reviews 12 reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 24, 2014

I attended a performance of Julius Caesar on Friday, November 21. I received a discount through the National Council of Teacher's of English to attend while we were in the area for the national conference. The performance was wonderful. At the end, the actors and actresses came out and did a question and answer forum for us, since there were... More 

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Toulouse, France
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 11, 2014

The library houses a cosy theatre where I watched Julius Ceasar. Walked in, bought one of the last remaining tickets to a matinee (14.00), got the 1st row and hugely enjoyed the emphatically delivered performance. Lovers of Shakespeare will leave the theatre satisfied. Pity the younger generations don't seem equally tempted to attend...! (at least the midday performance) Don't try... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 6, 2014

Folger's production of 'Julius Caesar' is a Must See in DC! A beautiful little Globe-like theatre in nestled into the elegant library, making for an intimate visceral theatre experience. Shakespeare's words are delivered with clarity and conviction by the strong tight ensemble in a world that is designed to look and sound menacing and universal. Had I the opportunity to... More 

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Perth, Australia
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54 helpful votes 54 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 25, 2014

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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61 attraction reviews
48 helpful votes 48 helpful votes
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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