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Current Exhibition

Mar 19 – Aug 23, 2015
Great Hall - Free

Ships, Clocks & Stars: The Quest for Longitude, produced by the National Maritime Museum in Greenwich, England, celebrates the 300th anniversary of the British Longitude Act of 1714, which offered a huge reward for any practical way to determine longitude at sea—a problem that took five decades to solve! Among its highlights are clockmaker John Harrison's "H4" marine timekeeper; astronomical tables developed by Nevil Maskelyne, the Astronomer Royal; and paintings from Captain Cook's Pacific voyages.

Upcoming Exhibitions

Sep 12, 2015 – Jan 03, 2016
Great Hall - Free

In the 800th anniversary year of the Magna Carta, Age of Lawyers offers a close-up look at the rapid increase of lawyers and legal actions in Shakespeare's Britain, from the law's impact on daily life to major political and legal disputes—some invoking the Magna Carta—that still influence American politics and government.

Jan 20 – Mar 27, 2016
Great Hall - Free

We will never have a photograph of William Shakespeare or a recording of his voice, but we can catch glimpses of the man in this stunning array of documents from his own lifetime. Shakespeare, Life of an Icon brings together some of the most important manuscripts and printed books related to Shakespeare's life and career, giving us a firsthand look at the most famous author in the world.

Apr 04 – Jul 24, 2016
Great Hall - Free

America’s Shakespeare reveals how Americans have made Shakespeare our own. Using a fascinating selection of rare letters, costumes, books, and more, it shows how his words and ideas weave through our national story from print to radio, television, film, and digital media. Shakespeare has always helped us voice the important issues of our national culture.

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.

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.