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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
10:00 am - 5:00 pm
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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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I loved going to this museum. They have a lot of different exhibits to look at that show the different parts of Shakespeare. You can look at original literature or see a play in... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 1 week ago
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

I loved going to this museum. They have a lot of different exhibits to look at that show the different parts of Shakespeare. You can look at original literature or see a play in an area that looks like the Globe.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

The library has many works of Shakespeare's and many important facts to tell you about. The library's staff have been really helpful and informative with lots of fact on Will. There is a small room where kids can watch clips of Shakespeare plays and read their edited Shakespeare books. I found the edited Shakespeare books very useful. Besides a tour... More 

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Houston, Texas
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We happened to arrive at the museum before a matinee of "The District Merchants" and were able to get rush tickets. A nice, intimate theatre and a very interesting, well-performed production. I wish I could have seen more of the library, but this was a nice way to escape the afternoon heat.

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Dupont, Washington
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

We were in the neighborhood and decided to stop in. Nice illustration of how Shakespeare influenced the development of America. And you can see one of many first folios they have.

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Evergreen, Colorado
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 weeks ago via mobile

The Folger Shakespeare Theater on Washington DC's Capital Hill is an intimate gem. It only seats about 150 people so everyone is close to the stage. Dark wood, columns and design give it an ancient feel. The productions are universally superior. The acoustics are excellent. The main reading room is a tall ceilinged reproduction of a castle hall: huge fireplace,... More 

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Silver Spring, Maryland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 14, 2016 via mobile

In mid - June 2016, their exhibit is how Shakespeare has figured in American literary and immigrant imagination throughout U.S. hjstory. Great exhibit. And the production of Merchant in Venice is sensational.

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Great Falls, Virginia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 12, 2016

We attended District Merchant at the theater which is the centerpiece of performing arts in the Folger Shakespeare Library. The theater is a beautiful work of art, all wood and a very intimate setting with an up close stage. The acting was terrific and the twist on Merchants of Venice was unique and thought provoking. The Shakespeare Library is open... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 1, 2016

The Folgers collected Shakespeare. They didn't have children so collecting Shakespeare memorabilia was their life's work. As a wealthy industrialist money was no object for Mr Folger. There is a theatre attached, sadly we were too late to attend. However, the exhibits and changing exhibition were well worth the walk.

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Nashville, Tennessee
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 24, 2016

If you are a lover of books and/or theater, especially Shakespeare and Elizabethan theater, this is a no brainer. Free admission and no reservations needed to join tours given on weekdays at 11 am, 1 pm, and 3 pm. Our delightful guide led us into the Folgers' study where we saw a First Folio and learned so much about the... More 

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Miami, Florida, USA
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 9, 2016

This museum reinforced my love for Shakespeare and my loathing of the super wealthy American Industrialists, such as the Folgers who traveled the world in a quest to acquire and horde everything of value they could get their hands on, ie: the majority of the rare remaining First Folios of Shakespeare's collected works.

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