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The Folger welcomes visiting groups from 10am to 5pm, Monday through Saturday as well as for evening and weekend performances.  We offer group tours (arranged in advance) and group discounts for Folger Theatre and Folger Consort performances. 


When visiting the library, groups can enjoy touring our national landmark building, viewing changing exhibitions of our collection, including an interactive touchscreen display of one of our 82 Shakespeare First Folios. A short documentary video about the Folger and its programs is available. The Folger Gift Shop offers a wide array of books, movies and recordings, clothing, jewelry, note cards, and more, all inspired by the Folger collection.


Shakespeare in Action Workshops

Docents conduct ninety-minute workshops and lead groups from schools and other organizations through activities in the Folger's Elizabethan Theatre to make Shakespeare come alive.  In each workshop, participants learn about Shakespeare's life, times, and work from an interactive approach.


The school visit program is offered on select mornings throughout the year at 10:00am and 12:00pm, subject to the Theatre's availability. A full list of available dates can be obtained by emailing kdvorak@folger.edu or calling (202) 675–0395. Call early—available dates fill up fast!  


Group Tours

Group Tours for older students or adults are also available.  Each tour covers our exhibition hall, Elizabethan Theatre, and Founders' Room, with an informative discussion about Shakespeare and the English Renaissance.  Docents tailor their talks to each group's interests and experience. 


Free public tours are available Monday through Friday at 11am and 3pm, on Saturday at 11am and 1pm.  Reservations are not required for public tours. 


Private group tours for groups of 15 or more may also be scheduled for a base fee of $100.  Group size may not exceed 60 people, and groups over 25 people will be charged additional fees.


Ticket Discounts
Group discounts are available on ticket orders for ten or more people to most Folger performances. Tickets must be purchased in advance by calling Folger Group Sales at (202) 675–0336; group ticket discounts are not available online. Subject to availability.


Student Matinees
Student matinees are available for most Folger Theatre productions. Click here for more information, or call Folger Group Sales at (202) 675–0336.


Site Rental
Spaces at the Folger Shakespeare Library are available for rental for group meetings and conferences, receptions, and dinners. For more information, click here.

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Take Metro to Folger Shakespeare Library. Please use the Capitol South station and the 30, 32, 34, 35, and 36 bus lines.

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