Exhibitions

Current Exhibition

May 13, 2017 – Feb 11, 2018
Mon–Sat: 10am–5pm | Sun: noon–5pm

Discover the paintings collection at the Folger—its stories, its glories, and Shakespeare’s power to inspire visual artists. From humble oil sketches to international masterpieces, this exhibition presents a sometimes surprising, and always eye-catching, view of the man and his works.

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.