Exhibitions

Current Exhibition

Aug 06 – Nov 06, 2016
Great Hall - Free

Merchandising, parodies, and spinoffs through the centuries have put William Shakespeare and Jane Austen on a first name basis with the world. Explore the stories of "Will" and "Jane" and the nature of literary celebrity. How does today’s Cult of Jane resemble the first wave of Bardolatry two hundred years ago?

Traveling Exhibitions

Jan 04, 2016 – Jan 02, 2017

How do we know Shakespeare's plays? For many of them, the answer is the First Folio. Without it, 18 plays, including Macbeth, could have been lost.

Upcoming Exhibitions

Nov 19, 2016 – Jan 22, 2017
Great Hall - Free

To celebrate the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare’s death, the Folger Shakespeare Library sent First Folios to all 50 states, Puerto Rico, and Washington, DC. This exhibition celebrates their return to the Folger, and is the largest ever display of First Folios in a single venue.

Online and Ongoing Exhibitions

Great Hall - Free

The First Folio is the first collected edition of Shakespeare's plays and is the only source for 18 of his plays, which might otherwise have been lost. One of the Folger's many First Folios, along with a touchscreen display, is on permanent display in the Great Hall.

Online - Free

Shakespeare Documented is a free and publicly accessible online exhibition featuring all primary sources that document the life and career of William Shakespeare.

Past Exhibitions

Exhibitions at the Folger open fascinating windows onto Shakespeare’s life and times, including a range of topics involving the early modern period. But they also highlight the outsize influence of Shakespeare’s work through the centuries, up to our present day. While current exhibitions are highlighted here, the Folger's past exhibitions offer ongoing information and resources for visitors and researchers. To see a list of past exhibitions and their associated content, visit Folgerpedia.