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Folger Shakespeare Library

201 E. Capitol Street, Washington DC, DC 20003
202 544 4600
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Ranked #75 of 234 Attractions in Washington DC
Type: Libraries, Cultural
Owner description: The Shakespearean collection at the Folger Library the worlds largest is only open to the more...
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Type: Libraries, Cultural
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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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Nashville, Tennessee
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49 reviews 49 reviews
23 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
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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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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3 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
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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11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
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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51 helpful votes 51 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
46 helpful votes 46 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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27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
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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106 reviews 106 reviews
12 attraction reviews
63 helpful votes 63 helpful votes
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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44 reviews 44 reviews
10 attraction reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
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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