Folger Shakespeare Library, Washington DC

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  • 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 docen...  more »
  • 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...  more »
  • 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 perfor...  more »
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  • The exhibition hall is excellent - it’s not big so you can get through it quickly but it’s packed with great content AND there’s stuff for kids to do as well. There’s also a theatre here and if you don’t want to sit down for a while play there’s a TV outside the entrance for casual visitors to get a sense of what’s inside. If you want to see the reading room you need to come on a Saturday at noon.
  • I see everything on the Folger’s schedule—unfailingly compelling productions in charming environs. There isn’t a bad seat in the house, including the “partial view” seating in the balcony.
  • For years, I've walked by Folger Shakespeare Library admiring its impressive Greek style building, but never thinking to go in. This past week, I rectified that and went on a tour of their exhibit. It's very small, but well worth the 30-60 minutes spent. Here's why: 1) The staff are very friendly! Someone will show you around and then you're free to explore as you wish. 2) It's very kid friendly. There are coloring books, an interactive exhibit, kids' books, and even a place to play dress up. Kids will love it! 3) The art is impressive. It's mainly very old art, but there is one beautiful modern art piece of Shakespeare. 4) The Reading Room for the scholars is beautiful. You can't go in or take photos except for Saturdays at noon. Well worth it. 5) There's a theater in the back modeled after The Globe in London and holds regular shows. If you have a spare hour, definitely stop by Folger Shakespeare Library/Theater! It's a hidden gem of DC!
  • Excellent exhibits! We really enjoyed the play. The historical information from Shakespeare's Era!
  • This is probably going to be the most random review I've ever written but I want to share this story. I visited 8 years ago when I was 19. I was on a trip with my family and I was dying to go here. My dad walked the very long walk with me to the library. This was before everyone had smart phones so we used a paper map to find our way there. We got there at 4:58, no idea that it closed at 5. I remember feeling so crushed when we were told by a staff member they were closing and I think she could tell because she gave me and my dad a quick tour of the place. I don't remember your name, I dont know if you still work there even or if you'd remember me, I don't know if you'll ever even see this but I want you to know that 8 year later I still remember your kindness. I still remember you giving us a tour of the place when you didn't have to. I remember that part of my trip more vividly than any other because I was just a 19 year old girl who had been obsessed with Shakespeare since she was 12 and the only thing I really wanted to do on my trip was see this library. And because of you I did and I will never forget that.
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