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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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The Shakespearean collection at the Folger Library the worlds largest...

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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Shakespeare Lovers Rejoice at the Folger!

My creative writer daughter booked a docent tour online for the three of us, and it was well worth it. There is a lot to see, and it's valuable to know what you're looking at. We... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 1 week ago
Baton Rouge, Louisiana

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Baton Rouge, Louisiana
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

My creative writer daughter booked a docent tour online for the three of us, and it was well worth it. There is a lot to see, and it's valuable to know what you're looking at. We learned all about the Folger family's collections (one of the largest collections of original Shakespeare folios and related materials in the US) and how... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Surprising homage to Oxbridge dining hall within Capitol Hill grand building. Excellent library and current exhibition of old manuscripts - bring your magnifying glass.

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Seattle, Washington
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

It was okay to check our the United States only Elizabeth theater, but it's quite small. There is one exhibit where you can learn more about law history but that is pretty much it. If you are crunched on time, this is skippable.

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Melbourne, Victoria
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This is a free library to visit located just near the Capitol Building. You can do a self guided tour or a tour with a docent, which I would recommend as the amount of detail and information about their Shakespearean collection would not be obvious without their instruction. The highlight and the reason we visited was the magnificent reading room,... More 

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New York City, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This unique museum and theatre should not be missed by any fan of Shakespeare or Elizabethan history. the collection is housed in a beautiful Art Deco building.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 24, 2015

This is must see for any Shakespeare or theater lover. The staff was very friendly and very much willing to share their knowledge on the Folgers or Shakespeare. The tours are free and the interior of the building is gorgeous. The theater and exhibit hall are must see. We saw one of their 82 copies of Shakespeare's First Folio published... More 

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Lawrence, Kansas
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2015

As a high school English teacher, I was looking forward to visiting the Folger Shakespeare Library on my recent visit to Washington, D.C. I quickly learned the library is really more for scholarly researchers and not for the casual tourist. Most of the library is not accessible so there is not too much to see. We were able to peak... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2015 via mobile

What a joy to find the Folger, where many of Shakespeare's original manuscripts are held. There is a tour of the library, and exhibition hall and a wonderful small theatre where the plays are performed. Interesting for academics and us lay people to enjoy. The exhibition we saw was on navigation which was fascinating and great to see some original... More 

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Beverley, England, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 28, 2015

Amazing building and theatre. Booked both the tour and reading room tour (only on Saturdays) Very interesting, good guides and excellent exhibits. There was a special exhibition of Longitude and Sea Clocks from Greenwich which were superb.

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Chicago, Illinois
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 28, 2015

I arrived thinking that parts of the library were open to browsing visitors, and briefly considered leaving when I found that the only way to get past the gift shop was to take the (free) tour, as I had a lot I wanted to pack into this day and the tour wasn't going to start for another half hour. I'm... More 

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