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Folger Shakespeare Library

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Address: 201 E Capitol St SE, Washington DC, DC 20003-1094
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12:00 - 17:00
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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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We have been to the theatre in the library a few times, and it really is a special experience. The library always has nice exhibits and a friendly atmosphere and the theatre... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 1 week ago
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
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Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

We have been to the theatre in the library a few times, and it really is a special experience. The library always has nice exhibits and a friendly atmosphere and the theatre offers quality performances I have truly enjoyed. Highly recommended!

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Midlothian, Virginia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

My son and I entered on a Saturday afternoon in February and arrived just in time for the free tour. This lady was very informative and made the life of William Shakespeare and his era in time very interesting. She started in the playhouse itself and we stayed there for maybe 30 minutes before eventually going through the halls into... More 

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I was dazzled and we have been to Oxford and seen some of these documents before. But, this may be the first time this extensive a collection of manuscripts have been shown in the Washington DC area. Really worth a visit

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Chesterland, Ohio
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The Folger Shakespeare has two important parts, the incomparable library and the small but excellent theater attached to it. This review will focus mostly on the theatre. The library is important for its collection of first folio editions of Shakespeare's works, and the study that goes along with it. We'll leave that to the scholars. We've visited the theatre for... More 

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Rhode Island
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I visited the Will & Jane (as in Shakespeare and Austen) exhibit in the fall of 2016 as part of the Jane Austen Society of North America's Annual General Meeting. I went solo before the AGM started to avoid crowds. I had the exhibit hall almost to myself. The security guards could not have been nicer, directing me to the... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 January 2017

Wonderful occasion. A pretty small venue but the acting and interpretation of the play was superb. I've been to the library before and it was very interesting but it's inaccessible for the next week or so.

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Washington, DC
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 January 2017

My husband and I took an afternoon off to see the exhibit of Shakespeare's First Folios, which is traveling around the US. That exhibit has moved on, but the Library itself is interesting and what made it much more so for us was the free tour we took. The guide's name, if I remember correctly, is John Finedore, and he... More 

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Tampa, Florida
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 January 2017

If you are a fan of Shakespeare at all, this is a very worthwhile visit. Their collection of first folios is extremely impressive. If I remember right, about one third of all known copies. You can do a self-guided tour (which we did) but then joined a docent for a more detailed tour. She was incredibly knowledgable and held our... More 

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 November 2016

Plain art deco exterior disguises interior Tudor hall and library. Wonderful tour available. Home to the worlds largest collection of everything Shakespeare including first folios, usually with a current Shakespeare related exhibit in the great hall. Take the tour for the full experience, you will come away impressed. Some notable artwork and prints, and some fine stained glass. Attached theater... More 

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Silver Spring, Maryland
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 November 2016 via mobile

We Normally go to the Folger for early music or a dramatic production. But this time we heard "Roomful of Teeth." An 8-person accapella group that does stunning -- even otherworldly -- modern pieces that take explorations of the capabilities of the human voice FAR beyond what you may ever have imagined. The rich sounds seemed to emanate from the... More 

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