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“You gotta the love "The Bard" to visit” 3 of 5 bubbles
Review of Folger Shakespeare Library

Folger Shakespeare Library
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$45.00*
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Capitol Hill Guided Small Group Tour
Ranked #69 of 418 things to do in Washington DC
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Owner description: 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.
baltimore, md
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“You gotta the love "The Bard" to visit”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 22, 2009

For serious Shakespeare fans only. I took my son because he was reading a Shakespeare novel and I was trying to make a connection. The tour is limited in scope and we actually became very disinterested after only a short time. The main library you are not even allowed to go in. You can only peek in. What's the point? The tudor style interior was interesting as well as the bas relief portraits depicting scenes from Shakespeares plays on the building exterior. Other than that........

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“A great stop if you're going to the Library of Congress”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 21, 2009

While your visit to this library may not last long (there isn't a lot to see unless you are a researcher who has access to the library), it is so close to the Library of Congress and the Supreme Court that you really should stop by if you're in the area. In particular, the theater is truly wonderful and I would love to see a performance in this intimate locale--even though I am NOT a huge Shakespeare fan. It has some nice but limited memorabilia and a nice little gift shop. Shakespeare-philes must come, but others will enjoy a brief visit.

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“For Fans of Elizabethan Drama”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 3, 2007

The library is not open to the hoi polloi (or groundlings, if you prefer) but there is still enough open to the public to make this worth a stop. Shows are performed in the Elizabethan theater (tickets required) and when it's not in use, you can take a peek into the space and see how things might have been. The Foldger Great Hall is an exhibition space featuring changing exhibits. Check the website to make sure you're interested in what's on right now, but generall every exhibit highlights something that is sure to be of interest to a Shakespeare fan.

But my favorite was the Elizabethan garden. Although small, it features lovely and fantastical statues depicting various Shakesperian plays.

The best part? It's free! (except for performances).

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