Folger Shakespeare Library Tours

Set in Capitol Hill in a unique building that blends Streamline Moderne and Greco Deco, this independent research library contains the world’s largest collection of William Shakespeare’s printed works. Endowed by Shakespeare memorabilia collector Henry Clay Folger (a former chairman of the Standard Oil Company and a member of the Folger Coffee family), the library was opened 316 years to the day after the Bard’s death, on April 23, 1932.

In addition to its permanent collections and rotating art exhibits, the Library houses the three-tiered, Elizabethan-style Folger Theater, which each season stages three of Shakespeare’s plays, as well as literary readings and lectures.

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Free, hour-long tours of the Library are offered without need for reservations on Monday-Friday, 11 a.m. or 3 p.m.; Saturday, 11 a.m. and 1 p.m.; and Sunday at 1 p.m. Elizabethan Garden tours are offered April –October, on the first and third Saturdays of the month at 10 a.m. and 11 a.m. Reading Room tours, including the Library’s rare volumes and art, on Saturdays from 12-1 p.m.; advance reservations are required.
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Address: 201 East Capitol St SE, Washington DC 20003, USA
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Hours: Public: 10:00 am - 5:00 pm Mon-Sat, 12:00 pm-5:00 pm Sun.
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Capitol Hill Guided Small-Group Walking Tour

Go to the heart of America's Legislative and Judicial branches of government on a small-group tour of Capitol Hill that explores the U.S. Capitol, the Library of Congress, the Supreme Court, and the Folger Shakespeare Library. This tour goes inside each destination for a guided tour, and highlights include reserved-entry at the U.S. Capitol, a look at Thomas Jefferson's own book collection, and entry to the Supreme Court, with a guide to help bring Capitol Hill's fascinating politics and history to life.
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Washington DC Haunted Capitol Walking Tour

There's a long and haunted history behind one of America's most notable buildings, as the US Capitol is one of Washington DC's most haunted spots. Hear the tales of political tragedy and local superstition, and gain spooky insight into some of the Capitol's little-known, little-told secrets. Led by a professional tour guide and actor, this tour will help you see the Capitol in an unknown—and undead—light.
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