The Folger Shakespeare Library is a must-visit destination in Washington D.C. Explore Shakespearean plays, manuscripts, and more for a cultural experience like no other.

We’re welcoming visitors to our building on Capitol Hill after a multi-year renovation project. Here’s a taste of what you can do at the Folger.

Explore our new exhibitions

Get up-close with the Folger’s world-famous collection, including our treasured First Folios, in the Shakespeare Exhibition Hall and the Stuart and Mimi Rose Rare Book and Manuscript Exhibition Hall. Try setting type for printing, creating your own Shakespeare scene, becoming a First Folio detective, and more.

About our exhibitions

See a performance

Folger programs have returned to their home in the Elizabethan Theatre. Attend plays and concerts presented by the award-winning Folger Theatre and Folger Consort, as well as poetry readings in the O.B. Hardison Poetry Series. Onstage now: Metamorphoses

Folger programming will be thematically interwoven through exhibitions, learning, performances, and humanities programs. Join us for the 2024-25 season: “Whose Democracy?” Subscribe today

Enjoy our gardens

Relax in our new gardens, filled with both native plants and plants mentioned by Shakespeare. Enjoy open spaces and shade trees, including a heritage magnolia tree planted at the time of our 1932 opening. Don’t miss our iconic Puck fountain and our new Juliet balcony!

Take a tour

From the Shakespeare bas-reliefs on the front of our building to the incredible stained-glass windows in our historic Reading Room, there’s so much to see.

Meet up with friends

Once used for Folger exhibitions, the Great Hall is now your go-to spot for meeting friends or enjoying a good book, with comfortable seating and the new Quill & Crumb café.

Shop

Find great souvenirs and presents in our expanded gift shop, such as a Folger tote bag or beautiful note cards featuring art from the Folger collection.

Encounter new art and poetry

New art includes a paper light sculpture, Cloud of Imagination, by Anke Neuman and a piece by Fred Wilson to be displayed in conversation with the Folger’s “Sieve” portrait of Queen Elizabeth I from 1579. Garden inscriptions include a new poem by US Poet Laureate Rita Dove.

Plan Your visit

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