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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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Beautiful, Intimate Setting for Top-Notch Performances

I've visited the library in the past for some of the exhibitions and recently viewed my first performance there. I loved the theater, which is both stunning in beauty, but also... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed March 1, 2015
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Alexandria, Virginia
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Alexandria, Virginia
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182 reviews 182 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 1, 2015

I've visited the library in the past for some of the exhibitions and recently viewed my first performance there. I loved the theater, which is both stunning in beauty, but also very intimate. We sat in the side seats and were closer to the actors than I've ever been in any other theater. The Folger is known for really great... More 

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Jefferson City, Missouri
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 26, 2015

Had no idea of this free museum but our business meeting included this stop on our annual trip to DC. The First Folio of Shakespeare's works is worth a stop by itself, but the special exhibit of cryptanalysis was timely as I had just seen The Imitation Game about cracking Nazi codes. Our docents were well versed and enthusiastic about... More 

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Madisonville, Louisiana
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28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 19, 2015 via mobile

Another great free museum in DC. Make sure that you plan your visit around the tour schedule, or else you will only be able to tour the current exhibit. The one right now is about coding in the Renaissance, which has nothing to do with the Bard, but features many beautiful original manuscripts. The stunning First Folio is also on... More 

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Des Moines, Iowa
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62 helpful votes 62 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 14, 2015

We were too late for the guided tour but the lovely woman who welcomed us into the museum provided some valuable information for us about the building and museum. There was a special exhibit about codes during the Renaissance. Fascinating. Definitely worth a visit to this special museum staffed by volunteers who live being there.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 4, 2015

Highly recommend the tour of this fascinating building and the history of the Folgers. Their exhibits are wonderful as well, but i have to say the tour is well worth the visit.

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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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3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 3, 2015 via mobile

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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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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