Folger Shakespeare Library
Folger Shakespeare Library
4.5
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Monday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Sunday
12:00 PM - 5:00 PM
About
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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Neighbourhood: Capitol Hill
How to get there
  • Capitol South • 7 min walk
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Anne E
Orlando, FL97 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2020 • Solo
Building is not open to the public. Right when you walk in you will be turned away. I didn’t see anything online that said it wasn’t open to public so that was disappointing.
Written 10 March 2020
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hoferge
Denver, CO11 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020 • Solo
Visited in Jan 2020. It sounds like a large portion of the museum are being renovated so only one main room was open to tour. Still, it was interesting to learn about how it was built and see a select number of very old Shakespeare items.

More than the building and Foundation, I attended mainly to see “The Merry Wives of Windsor,”’which was produced with great comedy and and setting in the 1970s. A very memorable night. It is playing through Feb 2020.

Easy to walk to from the subway.
Written 24 January 2020
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Kittygal 🇺🇦 🌻
Los Angeles, CA8,310 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020 • Solo
Tucked behind the Capitol is this excellent collection of all things Shakespeare. On this visit, I enjoyed a great production of "The Merry Wives of Windsor" in the small but faithful reproduction of an Elizabethan era playhouse. It was the final production before the entire complex undergoes extensive renovation and restoration. I look forward to seeing what delights await when it opens its doors once again.
Written 22 January 2020
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NewOrleansfirstgal
Metairie, LA622 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2019
You don't have to love Shakespeare to appreciate this museum, but it helps. Although the building is beautiful and the main hall is exceptional architecture the reading room is the thing to go to see. However, there are very few tour times so be sure to check ahead to find out as this is the outstanding portion of the museum. There is also a small theater so check which play is being performed before you go. I had a lovely docent who took me on a brief tour of the rest of the museum as I unfortunately had not check to see what time the reading room tour was done. Cute but limited gift shop if you are a Shakespeare fan.
Written 8 September 2019
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Prawet J
Washington DC, DC13,366 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2019
I did not know what I will see and encounter because I am not litterated in Shakepears, so it was a good surprise and a good learning to see the exhibit of the Library exists. I also learn about how the design evolved to reflect the works of Shakespear. The reading rooms are small that you can see through the door from the hallway. From the information, the library has the largest collection of Shakespere's work in the world.
Written 31 August 2019
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tikvah48
473 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2019
The Folger Library is an American homage to William Shakespeare. The building contains a research library as fellas theatre where visitors can see performances of the Bard's plays.Admission is free and there are occasional tours that are available. There is a small gift shop area. If you are visiting the Library of Congress, a stop at the Folger is only one black away. The Tudor architecture is also an attractive aside during the visit.
Written 12 August 2019
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349Charles25
Alexandria, VA984 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2019 • Business
With so many historic places to see on Capitol Hill, one could overlook the Folger - but take the time and make the effort. The collection of Shakespeare works is one of best in the world. The public displays are quite exceptional and make one wish to see the areas open only to scholars.
Written 17 July 2019
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Brian C
Nashville, TN123 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2019 • Family
This was an awesome surprise. History galore.Wished we could have seen a play here but out of season. Terrific stop.
Written 7 July 2019
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LuanaRubin
Boulder, CO565 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2018
As an artist, I've been inspired by the Tudor architecture of the Reading Room. As a Shakespeare fan, I've been truly blown away by the collection that has amassed here. One cannot be impressed by the single-mindedness that the Folgers employed to pursue their acquisitions. The exhibit hall had a fascinating collection on view when I visited, and I appreciated that I can spend an afternoon in the building, and then walk to the other end and see a Shakespeare play performed live in the Elizabethan theater! I only found out about this gem recently, but I will be returning on my annual trips to DC. Many thanks to all of those who care for this precious collection and cultural resource.
Written 2 July 2019
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WillCSBC
Burlington, VT89 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2019 • Business
We stopped in and witnessed some high-schoolers learning to die properly when acting in a Shakespeare tragedy. The theater is wonderfully intimate and worth seeing. Nice artifacts and enthusiastic staff. We couldn't resist putting together the giant block puzzle!
Written 22 May 2019
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