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Exploring the Folger Shakespeare Library in Washington DC

By Jessica F, March 2013

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Those visiting Washington D.C. who are interested in the arts — particularly Shakespeare — may want to spend a few hours exploring the Folger Shakespeare Library.This independent research library is committed to preserving, showcasing and making understandable Shakespeare’s writings as well as early modern European cultures. Opened in 1932, it holds the world’s largest collection of printed works by William Shakespeare, as well as an impressive collection of hard-to-find materials from the west’s early modern age from about 1450 to the mid-1700s. To give you an idea, this includes more than 256,000 books, 250,000 playbills, 60,000 manuscripts, 200 oil paintings, and 50,000 drawings, watercolors, prints and photographs, as well as costumes, films and instruments. These can be seen through rotating exhibits in the library.

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