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Folger Shakespeare Library

201 E Capitol St SE, Washington DC, DC 20003-1094
+1 202-544-4600
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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 4 May 2018 via mobile

Forger Library was an amazing surprise for me! Staff is very accommodating and very nice! There are some special exhibitions!

Thank Fernando S
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Reviewed 30 April 2018

We walked along the mall from our hotel to the Folger Library. We purposely arrived early so we could stop nearby for some breakfast. We arrive at 10:30 and viewed the current exhibit (Beyond Words). We then took the 11:00 tour. Very nice and informative.

Thank RGombert
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Reviewed 19 April 2018

During our visit we stop by this library. It was very nice inside and you learn about the history of print and how it evoled. They even perform plays in a repleaca of the Shapke Spear Theatre.

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Reviewed 5 April 2018

We stopped by at the end of the day and there was a production going on, so we didn’t get to see the theater. We only got to see the displays at the entry of the building, which are ok, I think that it would...More

Thank dclmom34
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Reviewed 24 March 2018

The Folger Library and theater is always a wonderful stop when we are in Washington. The manuscripts on display in the museum area never fail to fascinate me. On this visit we really enjoyed an excellent production of “The Winter’sTale” in the theater. I often...More

Thank dangerFlorida
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Reviewed 19 March 2018

Take a guided tour of the building which includes the founders’ room, the research library, the exhibition hall and a peek at the Elizabethan style theater. Then take an in-depth guided tour of the exhibition room, currently “Beyond Words, the Book Illustrations in the Age...More

Thank Harriet M
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Reviewed 3 March 2018 via mobile

Whst a fabulous place. The building is fascinsting and tours (11:00,1:00,3:00) include the Founder's Room and Theater (first Elizabethan theater in the USA), and a glimpse into the Reading Room, one of the most beautiful rooms in Washington. Great gift shop. Great exhibitions, and near...More

Thank Gail W
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Reviewed 17 February 2018 via mobile

Definitely worth a visit! There is so much history in this place. The theater is beautiful. The architecture alone is worth a look.

Thank Lusie0520
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Reviewed 4 February 2018 via mobile

I knew of the theater but had no idea you could tour the library's reading room until my sister got us reservations. I love any kind of library and this private toru did not disappoint. We had 2 docents educate us on the contents, scholars,...More

Thank SmallWonder B
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Reviewed 14 January 2018

We went for a free guided tour on a Sunday afternoon. The exhibition room is rather small, but the docent was very knowledgeable and entertaining, he really showed his passion for Shakespeare. Even if the beautiful reading room is reserved to scholars, we could take...More

Thank Dario2788
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