Exhibits showcase the Folger's impressive collection, whose two focuses are materials related to the early modern age in the West, from about 1450 to the mid-1700s, and materials related to William Shakespeare and the theater, up to the present day.
The Folger's collection of Shakespeare materials, much of it originally acquired by Henry and Emily Folger, is the largest and finest in the world. Each exhibit is useful in introducing students to the period of history in which Shakespeare lived, and how well he is still revered today.
The Education Division provides an Exhibition Guide for families and students to use while discovering our collection. These are meant to be used as a walking map to the exhibits while they're on view, but useful information can be gleaned from them, even when the artifacts they mention are no longer on display!
Click on Learn More below each picture for a PDF guide for students, or on the Exhibition Title to the left to be taken to the Exhibit's page in "What's On" with more information from curators and scholars as well as links to audio guides.