Welcome to the Folger Shakespeare Library!

Located on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC, the Folger is a world-renowned research center on Shakespeare and on the early modern age in the West. Its conservation lab is a leading innovator in the preservation of rare materials. Its well-known public programs include plays, concerts, literary readings, family activities, and exhibitions, as well as numerous K–12 and college programs for students and teachers. Advanced scholars participate in a variety of Folger Institute seminars and colloquia.

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  • May 12 – June 21

    In a world where heads always wins and pirates can happen to anyone, this fabulously inventive, existentialist tragicomedy thrusts two of Shakespeare’s most incidental characters into the limelight.

  • April 10 - 12

    Folger Consort explores the scientific and the satirical in this concert of late Baroque masterpieces, including Telemann’s iconic Gulliver’s Suite, based on Swift’s timeless work.

  • April 19

    Celebrate Shakespeare’s 451st birthday with this annual tradition, featuring live entertainment, activities, and birthday cake for all.  

  • May 19

    Join the former U.S. Poet Laureate and Pulitzer Prize-winning poet as she shares both original work and favorite poems.