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Folger Shakespeare Library

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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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Reviewed 1 week ago

Shakespeare in heart of the US. The very impressive collection of artifacts and very dedicated and friendly staff ready for shorter and ...longer chats about Shakespeare

Date of experience: April 2018
Thank Lucyna W
Reviewed December 27, 2018

After viewing the Churchill and Shakespeare exhibit, we took the Reading Room tour. Loved seeing the stained glass windows and learning the history of the library and how researchers may access the extensive collection.

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank Kay W
Reviewed December 21, 2018

I discovered this gem only recently. The inside is very different from the outside. Inside it is all wood in supposedly Tudor style. It also houses a theater in the style of the Globe theater where plays were staged during the time of Shakespeare. Free,...More

Date of experience: November 2018
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Reviewed October 13, 2018

Simply put, this is an awesome place to visit if you crave libraries, books, architecture, knowledge. Very significant from any angle: historical, aesthetic, architectural. Churchill's Shakespeare exhibition in Great Hall just adds to the enjoyable experience. Docents lead tours, very expert and knowledgeable. Don't overlook...More

Date of experience: October 2018
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Reviewed August 20, 2018

The Folger Shakespeare Library is a place where Shakespeare finds a home and the history surrounding his life's work comes to life. The docent was passionate, well read, and friendly which made the tour really enjoyable and fun to follow. The Library itself has so...More

Date of experience: August 2018
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Reviewed August 15, 2018 via mobile

The emphasis is on the book and it’s something you never think of. How important a book is and how you had to have money to be able to afford a book.

Date of experience: August 2018
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Reviewed July 15, 2018 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

Date of experience: June 2018
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Reviewed July 15, 2018

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.

Date of experience: June 2018
Thank stayhappy1
Reviewed July 3, 2018

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

Date of experience: June 2018
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Reviewed June 18, 2018

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

Date of experience: June 2018
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Nate P
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Restaurants near Folger Shakespeare Library (2 Replies)
Hi, as part of a long day itinerary, my daughter HAS to go to the Folger. Would like to walk to somewhere close by for an inexpensive dinner. We like ethnic and vegetarian food. Nothing fancy; price is an issue. Hoping to use a restaurant.com certificate, but I'm a little confused on the neighborhood Folger's in. Our hotel will be The Washington Suites in Georgetown, Pennsylvania Ave SW and we will return there afterwards (hopefully using the gold/yellow circulator). Thanks so much
February 13, 2011|
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At the Folger Library, you are on Capitol Hill. I would recommend walking down Pennsylvania Avenue after dinner to the Barracks Row neighborhood. Check out Matchbox and Seventh Hill for pizza (the latter has great veggie pies), Banana Cafe for Mexican, and Ted's Bulletin for comfort food. On the way, We the Pizza has good pizza and Good Stuff Eatery has good burgers, including a delicious mushroom burger. From any of these spots, you could take the blue/orange line back to Foggy Bottom and...More
Stacey Y
New York, NY
Build me an Itinerary! (8 Replies)
Hey guys! I'm taking a solo trip and I really want to see as MUCH as possible - even if I don't get to experience everything as fully as I could. I definitely don't want to be running through everything so much so that I am not able to enjoy it, but I don't need several hours to experience each thing. Because my last visit to D.C. was when I was very young, and because I will probably be spending my summer there, I really just want to see as much as possible. I arrive very early in...More
January 19, 2010|
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Excuse me but this is not a travel agency. You don't get to tell people to build you an itinerary. Get a guidebook and a map and group the stuff by area.
Samantha K
Toronto, Canada
Amount of Time to Allocate to Attractions (4 Replies)
Hi Everyone, First time traveler to DC, and I am trying to get in as much as possible in my 4 day trip. I'm having a hard time finding information about how much time to allot to the following attractions that is from last year or so. Any help is greatly appreciated: 1. African American Civil War Memorial Freedom Foundation & Museum (Cost??) 2. Air Force Memorial (Cost??) 3. Arlington National 4. The Pentagon Memorial 5. DEA Museum 6. The National Air & Space Museum 7....More
September 28, 2011|
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You can find out the cost of the Newseum on its website. The Smithsonian museums, National Zoo (part of the Smithsonian) and Holocaust Museums are free. The Holocaust museum has a time ticketing system during its busy months only which is not now. Do you have a guidebook? Some of them give guidelines on how long to allocate. I would say at least 2 hours for a musuem you are really interested in. You can turn around and walk out if you don't like it. You can stay until close if you do