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Folger Shakespeare Library

201 E Capitol St SE, Washington DC, DC 20003-1094
+1 202-544-4600
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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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201 E Capitol St SE, Washington DC, DC 20003-1094
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"reading room"
in 22 reviews
"current exhibit"
in 8 reviews
"romeo and juliet"
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"jane austen"
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"original globe"
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"style theater"
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"english literature"
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"original works"
in 2 reviews
"supreme court"
in 11 reviews
"balcony seats"
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"exhibition hall"
in 4 reviews
"open to the public"
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"docent led tour"
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"his passion"
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"free tour"
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"main exhibit"
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"great gift shop"
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Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

While many people might not enjoy this museum, this old English major had a great time getting a bit closer to the Bard. I learned a lot about First Folios and why they are so special and so important. It’s amazing that this is the...More

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Reviewed 3 days ago

We toured the library reading room which is only open for guided tours on Saturdays. The tour was just ok, but the room was beautiful and we learned a lot about the library, Shakespeare, and the First Folio.

Thank Sharon T
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Right on Capitol Hill behind the Library of Congress sits this amazing museum where you can go in and see an original Shakespeare folio. When I was there it was turned to Romeo and Juliet. The docents are all friendly and knowledgeable. You are not...More

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

If you're in DC as a tourist, then you're probably planning on going to the Capitol Building, the Library of Congress, and maybe even stop by the US Supreme Court. What's (literally) at the intersection of these national landmarks? You guessed it, the Folger Shakespeare...More

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Reviewed May 4, 2018 via mobile

Forger Library was an amazing surprise for me! Staff is very accommodating and very nice! There are some special exhibitions!

Thank Fernando S
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Reviewed April 30, 2018

We walked along the mall from our hotel to the Folger Library. We purposely arrived early so we could stop nearby for some breakfast. We arrive at 10:30 and viewed the current exhibit (Beyond Words). We then took the 11:00 tour. Very nice and informative.

Thank RGombert
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Reviewed April 19, 2018

During our visit we stop by this library. It was very nice inside and you learn about the history of print and how it evoled. They even perform plays in a repleaca of the Shapke Spear Theatre.

Thank joefocht53
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Reviewed April 5, 2018

We stopped by at the end of the day and there was a production going on, so we didn’t get to see the theater. We only got to see the displays at the entry of the building, which are ok, I think that it would...More

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Reviewed March 24, 2018

The Folger Library and theater is always a wonderful stop when we are in Washington. The manuscripts on display in the museum area never fail to fascinate me. On this visit we really enjoyed an excellent production of “The Winter’sTale” in the theater. I often...More

Thank dangerFlorida
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Reviewed March 19, 2018

Take a guided tour of the building which includes the founders’ room, the research library, the exhibition hall and a peek at the Elizabethan style theater. Then take an in-depth guided tour of the exhibition room, currently “Beyond Words, the Book Illustrations in the Age...More

Thank Harriet M
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Nate P
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The performances are not free
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