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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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Great Greenwich exhibit

This is a hidden gem of a museum in DC. At present, it has an exhibit running that was first installed in Greenwhich, England. It tells the amazing story of the different... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed April 26, 2015
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Santa Rosa, California
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Santa Rosa, California
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91 reviews 91 reviews
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109 helpful votes 109 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 26, 2015 NEW

This is a hidden gem of a museum in DC. At present, it has an exhibit running that was first installed in Greenwhich, England. It tells the amazing story of the different methods developed to help navigators find their way around the globe. While a technical subject, the curators did a great job of making it highly accessible and fun.... More 

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Sparks, Nevada
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2015 NEW

The Folger Shakespeare Library was free to go inside. There is an exhibition called, "Ships,Clocks & Stars" from 19MAR-23AUG2015 that covers: clocks, compasses, sextants, land/sea navigation, understanding of time and longitude/latitude. Once you walk through that you can see an old European style theater from the balcony. We were unable to see the rest of the library because we did... More 

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 7, 2015

When my daughter and son were students at Hyattsville Middle School, Drama students in Ms. Trainor's class they had the wonderful experience of performing at the Folger Shakespeare Library which both of my kids greatly enjoyed performing for the public and I so enjoyed watching!

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Boulder, Colorado
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 1, 2015

Loved the free tour - very interesting to hear about the Folger Family and their collection. Also enjoyed the current exhibit and the beautiful building. Well worth a 1 - 2 hour visit if you are a Shakespeare fan.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 31, 2015

We originally visited the Folger Shakespeare Library in order to see the performance "Mary Stuary," but we arrived early and decided to take a look around. The limited time collection, "Decoding the Renaissance" was showing just as you entered in. It's a smaller building, but both the interior and exterior architecture is great. The exterior of the library boasts several... More 

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Alexandria, Virginia
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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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38 reviews 38 reviews
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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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66 helpful votes 66 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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30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
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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