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Folger Shakespeare Library

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Address: 201 E Capitol St SE, Washington DC, DC 20003-1094
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+1 202-544-4600
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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Incredible collection!

If you are a fan of Shakespeare at all, this is a very worthwhile visit. Their collection of first folios is extremely impressive. If I remember right, about one third of all... read more

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Tampa, Florida
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

If you are a fan of Shakespeare at all, this is a very worthwhile visit. Their collection of first folios is extremely impressive. If I remember right, about one third of all known copies. You can do a self-guided tour (which we did) but then joined a docent for a more detailed tour. She was incredibly knowledgable and held our... More 

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 22, 2016

Plain art deco exterior disguises interior Tudor hall and library. Wonderful tour available. Home to the worlds largest collection of everything Shakespeare including first folios, usually with a current Shakespeare related exhibit in the great hall. Take the tour for the full experience, you will come away impressed. Some notable artwork and prints, and some fine stained glass. Attached theater... More 

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Silver Spring, Maryland
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 20, 2016 via mobile

We Normally go to the Folger for early music or a dramatic production. But this time we heard "Roomful of Teeth." An 8-person accapella group that does stunning -- even otherworldly -- modern pieces that take explorations of the capabilities of the human voice FAR beyond what you may ever have imagined. The rich sounds seemed to emanate from the... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 13, 2016

I recently visited the theatre and the exhibit space for their production of Sense and Sensibility. (I had LOVED their production of Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead when hubs and I had visited last year.) I was intrigued to see what they'd do with the Austen classic. What I discovered was a new adapted script, wildly inventive staging, and a... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 9, 2016

Came on a tour with curator talks. Most of the time was in the lecture hall, but had the opportunity to visit the displays. There are wonderful, historical books/bindings to be seen. Every bibliophile needs to visit.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 30, 2016

The special exhibit of Shakespeare and Jane Austen was the reason for my visit. It's a jewel. Wish I had been able to get tickets for one of their theater productions. But at least peek in and see the space.

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Long Beach, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 23, 2016

We saw Sense and Sensibility yesterday at the Folger. The production of the play was very creative and imaginative .....it was more of a choreographed set piece. It's hard to describe - in the limited space of the stage you visited London, several country homes, a park; you experienced love, joy, grief, despair, and again joy. I would highly recommend,... More 

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Yellow Springs, Ohio
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 20, 2016

I'd been here before to see plays, but had never seen the library or the exhibit space. I went recenty to one of the Harbison poetry series readings and was awed both by the stage (how could I not have remembered its beauty) and the backstage spaces. Not to be missed.

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Portland, Oregon
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 15, 2016

Just another Washington monolith outside but like a Tudor hall or London Gentleman's Club inside. Collection of Shakespeare's books inside in the reference library, including a first folio of "Romeo and Juliet". Currently has a "Will & Jane" Show on in the hall - Shakespeare and Austin who died within a year of each other although in different centuries. The... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 12, 2016

I attended a whimsical production of Sense and Sensibility in September 2016. I called for tickets and was offered the senior discount. The theater is easily reached on the Metro (no issues with safety) and the show was very good. My seat was comfortable and I enjoyed a light snack in the beautiful reading room before the show.

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