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201 E. Capitol St. SE, Washington, D.C. 20002, United States

The ghost of Shakespeare rules this world-class house of research and learning, established in 1932. Sculptures of his iconic characters adorn the Elizabethan Garden, and bas-reliefs of dramatic scenes enliven the northern exterior wall. Puck, in statue form, frolics above a fountain facing the Capitol. Inside, you’ll find more of the Bard, including exhibits, lectures, theatrical performances, a reconstructed Elizabethan playhouse and free tours by cell phone or live guide.

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Folger Shakespeare Library

The ghost of Shakespeare rules this world-class house of research and learning, established in 1932. Sculptures of his iconic characters adorn the Elizabethan Garden, and bas-reliefs of dramatic scenes enliven the northern exterior wall. Puck, in statue form, frolics above a fountain facing the Capitol. Inside, you’ll find more of the Bard, including exhibits, lectures, theatrical performances, a reconstructed Elizabethan playhouse and free tours by cell phone or live guide.