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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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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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A huge Shakespeare collection with an Elizabethan theater.

The Folger, one of the largest Shakespeare collections in the world, is a gold mine for Renaissance history buffs. The exhibits are deep and excellent. They mostly relate to... read more

Reviewed 3 days ago
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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

The Folger, one of the largest Shakespeare collections in the world, is a gold mine for Renaissance history buffs. The exhibits are deep and excellent. They mostly relate to Shakespeare's time but sometimes extend into the 18 century. The theater is an intimate space. You are never far away from the performers in plays that are uniformly excellent and sometimes... More 

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Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

My son and I visited this library as it was close to the Supreme Court. There was a temporary exhibit called 500 years of treasures from Oxford that had manuscripts that were up to 1000 years old! If you interested in seeing this, it is only around until April 30th. We were also able to go into the Folger Theatre... More 

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Bethesda, Maryland
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Corpus Christi College has lent the Folger rare manuscripts and printed books from its library collection in celebration of its founding 500 years ago. It's a great opportunity to these never- seen items. Use the very helpful gallery guide as you go through the the exhibit which is divided into 7 section. Each item is labeled and described in the... More 

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Washington, District of Columbia, United States
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The Folger Shakespeare Library, founded on the collection of Standard Oil tycoon Henry Folger and his Vassar-educated wife Emily, is one of the great repositories of Shakespeare and 16-17th c. manuscripts in the world. Henry Folger competed with Henry Huntington (the California RR magnate) for rare Shakespeare manuscripts, and usually won. Timely exhibits and the Folger Shakespeare Theatre, performing in... More 

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

We decided to come to Washington to see the manuscript exhibit on loan from Christ College, Oxford. (until May 2017). First time they were out of Britain. Amazing - hand written books over 1000 years old, printed books circa Gothenburg; wonderful calligraphy, illuminations, descriptions. The tour of the building was informative and allowed us to see one of Shakespeare's first... More 

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McLean, Virginia
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Theater season always interesting. Plays in small theater, reproducing London's Globe Theater. Excellent casting and directing. Library has many Shakespeare related events and materials. Near other major tourist destinations on Capital Hill. Definitely worth a visit and a play.

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Charles Town, West Virginia
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

From the moment you walk in this beautiful building you will be amazed at the history and educational opportunities inside. We were fortunate enough to time it just right to catch the beginning of a free tour. The guide was pleasant, knowledgeable and engaging. It was a special moment to see the original Shakespeare folio containing his original works. There... More 

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This is a library, so don't expect excitement in the books or collections. But the exhibits are fascinating, and if you can get a ticket to a show in the library's theatre, do it. The productions are not lavish, but often well presented. We've seen Shakespeare allover the world, and really enjoyed a recent AYLI in the theatre. This is... More 

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Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
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Reviewed 14 March 2017

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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Reviewed 12 March 2017

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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