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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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“jane austen” (3 reviews)
“globe theatre” (3 reviews)
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201 E Capitol St SE, Washington DC, DC 20003-1094
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"romeo and juliet"
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Reviewed 1 week ago 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 2 weeks ago 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 15 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

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Reviewed 21 December 2017

The foldger is a magical place. The interior high vaulted ceiling and the performance hall are inspiring. The performance hall has a tiered English stage feel and a very intimate feeling at the performance.

Thank hafe
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Reviewed 10 December 2017 via mobile

My daughter and I thoroughly enjoyed a snowy Saturday afternoon visit to this impressive place dedicated to Shakespeare. We learned interesting details about the Folgers (the fascinating couple who constructed the building to house their immense Shakespeare collection), London and the theatre world at the...More

Thank lojack88
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Reviewed 7 December 2017

We had what amounted to a semi-private tour from our fantastic docent on the Sunday after Thanksgiving and it was fantastic. You won't get to see ALL the books in the library but a few of the most famous early folios are there to see...as...More

Thank ttorrison
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Reviewed 26 November 2017

It’s an amazing, interesting collection, only a small part is open to the public but it’s worth checking out!

Thank Janette C
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Reviewed 14 November 2017

This is Library is dedicated to Shakespeare and in the heart of DC, right near the Library of Congress and the Capitol. The theater is absolutely gorgeous and intimate. There is also a library and portraits. We saw a production of Antony and Cleopatra and...More

Thank DavidTrip
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Reviewed 5 November 2017

First, you'll appreciate this more if you read The Millionaire and the Bard before going. Second, if you have no interest whatsoever in Shakespeare or literature--and I feel sorry for you if this is the case--then this isn't for you. However, if you do appreciate...More

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Reviewed 3 November 2017

The staff here was incredibly rude when I visited. No hello and acted like visitors were a huge inconvenience. I was surprised that there was nothing here to see. I would not visit unless your seeing a play or event.

Thank jess290718
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