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Folger Shakespeare Library

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Address: 201 E Capitol St SE, Washington DC, DC 20003-1094
Phone Number: 202 544 4600
12:00 pm - 5:00 pm
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Sun 12:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Mon - Sat 10:00 am - 5:00 pm

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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A National Treasure

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... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 3 days ago
Lori G
Yellow Springs, Ohio
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Yellow Springs, Ohio
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

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 1 week ago

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 1 week ago

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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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Love this place. The Will and Jane exhibit was wonderful. The tour was great--it's always amazing to see a First Folio. Staff is incredible and helpful. Best of all, it's all free--gotta love DC. This place a is a must if you love the Bard, or if you are into culture and literature in general.

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Oviedo, Florida
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

What an incredible thing to be able to see in the US- a First Folio of Shakespeare's plays! A true thrill for a Shakespeare lover. We also had the opportunity to see an exhibit on Shakespeare and Jane Austen. It was a very interesting comparison in the exhibit entitled Shakespeare, Austen and the Cult of Celebrity. We discovered we owned... More 

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 13, 2016

World's largest collection of things Shakespeare. Free tours on Saturday. Theater is active almost every night and is a recreation of the Globe Theater.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 11, 2016 via mobile

free, interesting, history! worth going to- architecture interesting, facts about the collection and the folgers add a new perspective to Shakespeare!

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Asheville, North Carolina
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 22, 2016

Although we arrived late late Saturday afternoon, we didn't want to totally miss out on the wonderful Folgers Shakespeare Library. We had a wonderful brief visit, thanks to Ian's enthusiasm, knowledge, and kindness. We are grateful. My high school English teacher daughter will be back with students. We enjoyed the gift shop. The "To Vote or Not To Vote" bumper... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 13, 2016

A special thank you to Marya for a wonderful and informative tour of the Shakespeare garden. Who knew so much symbolism and history could be found in a relatively small outdoor space? Staff were accommodating with latecomers to tours and went over any information you missed at the start. Their theatre is GORGEOUS and I would love to come back... More 

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Lawrence, Kansas
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 7, 2016

The Folgers had one obsession - Shakespeare - and they quietly collected and collected and collected. Finally they managed to find a perfect location in DC and they donated it to the nation. Come to The Folger and hear the story of this remarkable couple and their collection.

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