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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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All reviews reading room current exhibit romeo and juliet english literature supreme court style theater balcony seats exhibition hall open to the public free guided tour his passion main exhibit impressive collection on display great gift shop capitol hill small group
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Reviewed 12 February 2019

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 28 December 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 21 December 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
Thank 150rajibs
Reviewed 13 October 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
2  Thank Alex G
Reviewed 20 August 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
Thank Matthew N
Reviewed 15 August 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 15 July 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
Thank buckigirl51
Reviewed 15 July 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 3 July 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
Thank panama2000
Reviewed 18 June 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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The performances are not free