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Folger Shakespeare Library

201 E. Capitol Street, Washington DC, DC 20003
202 544 4600
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Ranked #65 of 248 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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Madrid, Spain
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104 reviews 104 reviews
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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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Maryland
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79 helpful votes 79 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 21, 2014 via mobile

Just saw Two Gentlemen of Verona and it was an outstanding production! Hilarious, superior acting, great use of minimal costumes and props. It's been years since I've seen a show here and it was great to return. My husband, who's never been, couldn't stop raving about how amazing the architecture of the theater was. Easy access to the Capitol East... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2014 via mobile

This was a wonderful place to visit. The collection was very impressive and the children were putting on a play.

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Melbourne, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 10, 2014

I am so glad we stumbled across the library as it was a pleasant surprise. We visited on an afternoon and were welcomed with a tour. Our guide was very insightful. We came back a few nights later and caught the two gentlemen of Verona. It was a great modern production. I hope to catch another play next time I... More

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Stockton, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 26, 2014

This is the second time that we have seen a play in this theater. They are always well done. I love the intimate size of the room. If you are a purist, you might be put off a little by the liberties taken with the costuming and staging. I wasn't bothered, but my companion had issues with the Darth Vader... More

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Washington DC
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40 helpful votes 40 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 23, 2014

A lot of folks visit the Capitol, the Library of Congress and the Supreme Court and miss the Folger, which is right around the corner on East Capitol Street. The Folger contains a small museum, usually a collection of photos and books from the impressive collection. Hidden just beyond is the theater, a small replica of the Globe. The productions... More

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NJ
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 18, 2014

No entrance fee. We toured the Great Room on our own (plenty of info using your smart phone) and had another tour with a docent. Just missed Two Gentlemen of Verona but they encouraged us to watch the rehearsal! So many interesting artifacts, and the story of the founders is inspiring (yes, we get that the Standard Oil connection is... More

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