Exhibitions

Current Exhibition

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.

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.

Nov 17, 2016 – Feb 26, 2017

Following Shakespeare's original movement in the 19th century from the East Coast of the United States to the West, the Folger Library's exhibition America's Shakespeare moves west to the Los Angeles Public Library where it will open on November 15th 2016 as “America’s Shakespeare: the Bard Goes West.”

Upcoming Exhibitions

Feb 04 – Apr 30, 2017
Great Hall - Free

Founded 500 years ago in 1517, the library of Corpus Christi College, Oxford, is a repository of extraordinary treasures, few of which have ever been seen by the public. To mark the 500th anniversary, a selection of fifty of manuscripts and printed books, ranging in date from the 10th to the 17th centuries, is being brought to America for the first time. They include dazzling illuminated texts; biblical works in English, Latin, Greek, Hebrew and French; and major landmarks in the history of science.

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.