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.